Client Corner: Henry Hildreth, Hildreth’s Home Goods

Hildreths2Residence: Southampton

Mission: America’s oldest and longest family-run, held and owned home essentials retailer at 51 Main Street Southampton, NY.

Status: Celebrating 175 years in business, since 1842; Henry’s family, including his wife and children, are entering the business.

Henry Hildreth was questioning whether he wanted to be the third-generation owner of Hildreth’s Home Goods. He went to college and got an economics degree and a real estate license. After watching the retailer operate for years on family member cash flow, Henry was convinced that Hildreth’s couldn’t adapt and thrive without outside capital. Family members, who experienced the Great Depression, were against getting bank loans or lines of credit. Yet their CPA Dave Fenelon, at MFB, helped Henry convince his father and grandfather to take a loan and plan an expansion in the 1970s.

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Henry and Colleen are proud to tell people that Hildreth’s is now celebrating 175 years in business as the original source for home essentials in the Hamptons. With more than 80,000 square feet in three locations — and an extensive website — the business has continued to serve customers throughout the tri-state area and beyond. People can stop in for assistance with interior and exterior furniture, gifts, home décor and accessory selection or simply have their purchases shipped. It’s a long way from the horse-drawn deliveries that Henry’s grandfather relied on. And yet, it feels like a simpler time when you enter their doors.

Along with his wife Colleen and children, Henry still works at their original main street store location in Southampton. It is this personal approach by the owners, as well as their consistent location in the Hamptons, that makes Hildreth’s a literal household name in the region.

We are proud to call Hildreth’s a client of ours. We congratulate Henry, Colleen and their family on their anniversary and their commitment to the East End’s tradition of family, service and personal relationships.

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