About Us

Locally Owned and Operated

Brant's Trustworthy Hardware

Brant's Trustworthy Hardware

Brant’s Hardware is locally owned and operated and has been serving the Lebanon and Warren County area since 1929. We specialize in our excellent customer service.  At Brant’s, we have many products and supplies to chose from.  If we can help solve your repair or project needs, give us a call or stop by and see us.  We will be glad to help you.


History

The Brant family has been in business in Lebanon for over 80 years. Brant’s Hardware was originally known as The Lewis & Drake Coal & Feed Store. Upon the death of Bert Drake,

Lebanon Citizens National Bank became the trustee of the business. The President of LCNB approached former Warren County Sheriff Alfred C. Brant (Al) to manage the business. Al purchased the business in 1929 but waited until 1945 to change the name to Brant’s Inc.

Eventually, two of Al’s sons joined the business, Richard M. Brant (Dick Sr.) in 1939 and Zane M. Brant in 1946. Dick Sr’s employment was interrupted by his military service. Likewise with Zane, however he finished his military service and college before he assumed his position in the business. Al retired in 1946.


The Next Generation

Eventually, two of Al’s sons joined the business, Richard M. Brant (Dick Sr.) in 1939 and Zane M. Brant in 1946. Dick Sr’s employment was interrupted by his military service. Likewise with Zane, however he finished his military service and college before he assumed his position in the business. Al retired in 1946.

The next generation of Brants joined the business in 1973 when Richard F. Brant (Dick Jr) came on board.. Dick Jr. was a member of the Ohio National Guard and would work around his summer camp and weekend obligations.


Evolution

The business has evolved over the years. In the beginning, the store handled coal, feed and building materials. When the need for coal and feed dwindled, lawn and garden products were added. Eventually, plumbing supplies, hardware and tools found their places on the shelves.. Today, Brant’s Hardware continues to provide the public with quality merchandise with an emphasis on fast, friendly customer service. As one of our loyal customers once told us…”if you can’t find it at Brant’s…you probably don’t need it”.


Today

Our coal tipple

At one time Brant’s Hardware handled hundreds of car loads a year.  This is where our drain tile is located in present day.

Our grain tower still stands today, it has not been in operation since 1977