Middletown:  707-987-2325

Cobb:  707-928-5233

Hidden Valley: 707-987-2200



Hardester's Market History

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Hardester’s Markets and Hardware is a unique business offering a variety of products from lumber to specialty prepared deli salads.  According to a retail leader, Hardester’s is “sophisticated enough to satisfy a wide range of gourmet shoppers without turning off the rest”.


Since 1943, Hardester’s has been serving customers in the Southern Lake County area of Northern California. Our three locations provide service to the communities of Middletown, Cobb Mountain and Hidden Valley Lake.  The Middletown and Hidden Valley stores are both full service grocery and ACE hardware stores. Additionally at our Middletown location you will find a full service Bakery/deli, and conveniently located behind the store our lumber and rental yard. The Cobb Mountain store is a full service grocery store.


Hardester’s was originally known as “The Corner Store” and was located on the corner of Calistoga and Main Streets in Middletown.  The Middletown store expanded and moved in 1960 to its current location at 21088 Calistoga Street.  The Cobb Mountain store opened in November of 1986, and the Hidden Valley store opened in May of 1993.



For 75  years, Hardester's has been an active partner in the community, lending support to a variety of community events, projects, and organizations. Each summer, Hardester’s continues to provide free swim passes for children 12 and under to the Middletown community pool.  Hardester's is a past recipient of the Spirit of Lake County award for their caretaker role in the community.