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The Small’s are no strangers to Norfolk and Hampton Boulevard. John Small Sr. started a hardware store in 1919, on the corner of Hampton Blvd. and 43rd street. Small’s Hardware quickly became a staple within the community, welcoming everyone into the family business. John Small Jr. joined his father in keeping the business thriving and a beacon in the community for almost 70 years. He convinced his son, John Small III, to carry on the family tradition when he graduated from ODU until 1983 when he went into the commercial real estate business.=