Hardware store retools image, builds on Gunther tradition

December 16, 1992|By Timothy J. Mullaney | Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer

A Baltimore institution reopened under new management yesterday, as a new company began its own version of the old Albert Gunther & Co. hardware store at 36 W. Biddle St.

World Technology Group Inc., a newly formed company, bought the rights to the name and the old Gunther building, said Gina Adams, a World Technology spokeswoman. Gunther filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in 1990 and the new owners bought the assets from Gunther's bankruptcy estate, Ms. Adams said.

"They're trying to rely on a tradition that happened in Baltimore and build on that," Ms. Adams said.

The chief executive officer of the new store is David Stevens, she said.

The store is the second to try to claim the mantle of Gunther, which specialized in professional-quality tools marketed to the construction industry and artisans.

Atlantic Builder's Supply, run by a group of former Gunther employees, opened at 2210 N. Howard St. in midtown Baltimore last month.

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