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Paul Goldman, Owner of Almac Hardware, Passes Away

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Paul Goldman and Javier Saez, Almac Hardware in Newkirk Plaza

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul Goldman (pictured above on the left with Javier Saez), longtime owner of Almac Hardware on Newkirk Plaza. More than just a local businessman, Paul has been a fixture in the community, serving on the board of the Flatbush Development Corporation, helping Newkirk Plaza through its upgrades and beautification, and being a friend and leader to so many in the neighborhood.

This past fall, Paul spoke with us about attending high school in the area, and how, after servicing oil tankers in New Jersey and working as a local locksmith, he learned that Almac was on the market. In 1984 at the age of 37, Paul became the third owner of the hardware store, which has grown to offer all kinds of handyman services as well as providing some industrial work to apartment buildings in the neighborhood.

His death this morning following a recent heart attack hit the staff at the store hard, though they are still open and doing what they do best — helping neighbors with whatever home improvement questions they may have.

“We are devastated,” Evie, who works at the store in the mornings, told us. “This place was his life. People have been stopping in to give their condolences, and it means so much to us.”

While a memorial service is being planned, neighbors are welcome to send or drop off condolence cards at the store at 2 Newkirk Plaza. We will let you know when there are details about the service.

Our thoughts go out to Paul’s family, friends, and staff. He was a significant member of our community, and he will be missed.

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  1. I’m sorry to hear this. It’s a great store and he will be missed. My condolences to his family and employees.

  2. We have been in the neighborhood since 1989 and have been a customer in the store ever since. So sorry to hear about Paul’s sudden passing. My condolences to everyone who knew and loved him.

  3. A tremendous loss for the neighborhood and for the Plaza Merchants. Paul, along with Nick from the liquor store were the key people in representing the Plaza during all the subway and plaza renovation projects. As a representative of the merchants and as a store keeper Paul was always a pleasure to deal with. Over the years, Paul hired part time young people as cashiers and each one was nicer than you’ll find in other stores.

    My condolences to his family. We will miss him.

  4. Paul was one of the nicest and sweetest guys I have ever met… I worked with him when I ran FDC and when I
    stopped by to see him in his back office at Almac… He will be sorely missed.

  5. Paul was a true “pillar of the community.” Aside from his efforts for the neighborhood in general, he ran an honest, efficient and customer-friendly business. I knew that even though I might be paying a little more than at Home Depot or Lowes, it was a pleasure to spend my money at Almac. I will miss saying hi to Paul, but I will still be spending my money at Almac.

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