Buddy and Joe are always looking for a new hardware store to check out - even when they are on a family vacation to Walt Disney World!

Buddy Willis
Born and raised in Wake Forest, Buddy operated Willis Funeral Home in Wake Forest until 1986 when he purchased the hardware store. Buddy enjoys playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren, Berkley & Eleanor. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married since 1982 and reside in Wake Forest. He has a son, Stephen; and a daughter, Mary Kathryn. 

Who Are We?

B & W Hardware, Co. began in 1949 as Weston's Hardware. Mr. P.D. Weston operated the business until 1986 when he sold the company to current owner, Buddy Willis, and his father-in-law, Clarence "Hap" Barnes. At that time, the name was changed from Weston's to B & W Hardware to reflect the names of Barnes and Willis. We have remained a family owned-and-operated business to this day. In 2013, Joe Kimray (Buddy's son-in-law), joined the business to continue the family tradition into a new generation.

Our History


B & W Hardware, Co.


Joe Kimray
Buddy's son-in-law, Joe grew up in Mount Holly, NC. A proud graduate of NC State University, Joe lives in Wake Forest with his wife, Mary Kathryn; his daughter, Eleanor; and his dog, Finley. Joe came to B & W Hardware in 2013 to build upon the family tradition. In his free time, Joe enjoys playing golf and cheering on his Wolfpack!