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In 1954 Sullivan Hardware, now Sullivan Hardware & Garden, was founded by Robert Sullivan after he returned home from serving in World War II and the Korean War. His wife, Rita, ran the first store located on East Washington Street in Indianapolis, while he ran his previously established contracting business.
In 1963, the store was moved to 71st and Keystone where it remains today. After 35 years in the hardware business, Robert retired in 1989, and his son, Pat Sullivan, took over the store. Since then, Pat has opened two additional Sullivan Hardware stores at 49th and Penn and the other in Cicero, Indiana.
Sullivan Hardware & Garden is a member of the Do it Best Corp., which is currently the fastest growing co-op in the industry and Indiana’s largest privately-owned business. Do it Best Corp. is also the only full-service, member-owned hardware and building materials distributor in the industry and serves a worldwide network of 4,100 individually owned hardware stores in all 50 states and 47 countries. Through affiliation with the Do it Best network small home improvement stores like Sullivan Hardware & Garden can offer lower prices, making it easier for them to compete with the “big box” stores. Pat Sullivan is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Do it Best Corp.
When he is not at one of his stores, Pat Sullivan is busy co-hosting a Saturday morning radio show on WIBC 93.1FM where he and fellow co-hosts, Dick Crum and Denny Smith, answer callers' home and garden questions. Tune in to 93.1 FM on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Pat is also featured in a home improvement segment on WTHR, the Indianapolis NBC affiliate, Sunday mornings during the 7:00 am hour.
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