History

The F.M. Pile Hardware Company was founded in 1932 by Frank Marshall Pile. Upon his death in 1940 his sons, William L. Pile, Sr. and John (Jack) W. Pile, operated the store until 1967 when William Sr. assumed sole ownership. His son, William L. Pile Jr., began assisting with management in the mid 1960's and assumed ownership upon William Sr.'s death in 1982. William Jr. still runs the company with the assistance of his wife and sons.


Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall Pile & Sons 1930's
William L. Pile, Sr. & Frank Marshall Pile
Top: Frank Lynn Pile & John (Jack) Pile
Pile Hardware Store

Pile Hardware Original Store Front - 1970's


Pile Hardware is much more than just a "hardware store." We provide a number of hardware-related services including: pipe cutting and threading, key cutting, glass and screen repair, and sharpening services. We sell and service a number of premium brands of power equipment. We sell and service select brands of wood stoves, gas stoves, and kerosene heaters. We have built a reputation as "the" place in Charleston to find items that can't be found anywhere else.

Pile Hardware is affiliated with Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Ace began as a small chain of stores in 1924 and has grown to include more that 4,600 stores in 50 states and more than 70 countries.


William L. Pile Sr
William L. Pile Sr.
Window Display at Old Store
Window Display at Original Store


Pile Hardware is very active in its community, sponsoring youth sports teams, supporting local schools, religious organizations, and community groups. The company and the Pile Family support and actively participate in the West Side Neighborhood Association and the West Side Main Street Project

Pile Hardware is unique and tailored to meet the needs of its community. We are committed to being "the Helpful Place" by offering our customers knowledgeable advice, helpful service, and quality products. As the helpful hardware folks in Charleston, we promise that, "Helping you is the most important thing we have to do today." Come visit us, let us help you satisfy all your hardware needs. You may be assisted by someone from the either the third or fourth generation of the Pile Family!


Frank Marshall Pile

Frank Marshall Pile (Far Left) with Sons, William Sr. (Third from Left) and Jack (Far Right)