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Brinkmann’s Hardware Store First Location- Sayville 1976

You’re More Than Our Customer. You’re Our Neighbor

In a world of big box hardware stores Brinkmann’s offers customers an alternative: a local D.I.Y. center that provides competitively priced, top brand products, along with personable and helpful customer support so often missing from the mega-store home improvement chains.

Tonya Brinkmann 1976, Mary Brinkmann 1982
Brinkmann’s is a True Value partner—one of the largest retailer-owned hardware corporations in the world. This gives our customers access to tens of thousands of tools, repair supplies, and hardware and housewares, all at competitive prices. We are also locally owned and operated, which puts us in the position to give our customers the greatest shopping experience possible: personalized service along with a vast inventory.
That’s our mission at Brinkmann’s: to be there for our customers and get them the products and information they need to make their homes, and their lives, better. We look at our customers—and our employees—as our neighbors, and are committed to treating them with the same respect as we have for the communities we serve.


When Tony Brinkmann and his wife Pat opened the first Brinkmann’s hardware store in Sayville in 1976 there were 2 other hardware stores in town. Their devotion to cornering the market on selection and service helped them stand out above the rest. The store was 2,000 square feet, chock full of hardware essentials and building materials, and located in a strip mall on Main Street. One year later their success made them able to join the True Value co-op and they began to stock Benjamin Moore Paint. Their achievements came from carrying top brands and listening to customers. Tony and Pat made an effort to stay in tune with the community’s needs and molded their inventory to meet local demand.
Tony and Pat’s dedication to customer service has stood the test of time. Four decades and 5 new stores later Brinkmann’s still has their focus on their community and neighbors. Now, led by Pat and Tony’s children—Mary, Ben, and Hank—Brinkmann’s looks to reach even more communities with the same level of quality and service that has been the cornerstone of Brinkmann’s since its inception.

Brinkmann’s is the World’s First Net-Zero Energy Retailer

Our Net-Zero Energy Initiative 
Here at Brinkmann’s Hardware we believe that the community is more than just where our customers live. It’s something we’re all a part of, and as a member of the community we’re as committed to protecting the environment as we are at providing excellent customer service and competitive prices. To that end we have dedicated ourselves to erasing our carbon footprint and becoming a completely Net-Zero energy company. Two of our locations are already Net-Zero energy and with the overproduction of these two locations we believe we are well on our way to becoming a Net-Zero energy corporation.
What Does It Mean to Be Net-Zero?
A Net-Zero energy building produces more energy than it consumes through a combination of passive energy-saving methods, energy-efficient equipment and fixtures, and solar energy cells. Our Net-Zero energy retail buildings use innovative features including a highly insulated exterior that forms a tightly sealed envelope and prevents heat loss or gain from the outside. Additionally, the roofs have been replaced with a thermoplastic “cool roof” that reflects solar rays and further reduces heat gain.
Our Miller Place store has a rooftop solar array—a bank of 304 photovoltaic cells—that generates power for the building during the day. This is a crucial part of the whole system and is the primary means by which it generates more energy than it uses.
LED Lighting Inside & Out
Also all the lighting on the interior and exterior of the building is achieved with highly efficient LED lights. Heating and cooling is accomplished with geothermal energy, meaning that the stores use no gas or oil to maintain their internal climate. Geothermal heating/cooling is an efficient, environmentally friendly system that uses underground water to transfer heat to and from the ground, cooling or heating the interior of the retail store as is appropriate for the climate and season.
Dedicated to Energy Conservation
Our first Net-Zero energy retail location in Miller Place has been a resounding success. Its completion gave us the distinction of being the first Net-Zero energy retailer in the United States, with the resulting reduction of carbon emissions equaling over 7 million pounds of carbon—an equivalent of planting over 40 acres of trees. The Miller Place store saves over 64,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year, at a savings of approximately $11,000 annually. The solar energy system produces over 125,000 kilowatt hours annually. This reduction is equivalent to removing 27 cars from the road, which saves nearly 15,000 gallons of gasoline annually.
Our Sayville location’s solar array produces about 156,580 kilowatts per year, which is equal to planting 145 acres of trees per year. The solar panels in Sayville save $22,700 of electricity per year.
Where We Stand
Through our Net-Zero energy initiative we seek to set the standard for conscientious business practices, as well as being a leader in the field. If we can convert our retail locations into carbon neutral or negative establishments, while still maintaining profitability and customer service, then our hope is that other businesses in the community will follow suit. The environment, after all, isn’t just what exists when you drive out of the city. It’s something we’re all a part of, and caring for it is a responsibility that falls on each of us.

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

― Gary Snyder (American Poet)

Miller Place Solar Array
Geothermal Well Drilling
hardware store
Sayville Solar Panel Array

Meet the Brinkmann’s Team

Gabe Gandia

Sayville Manager

Steve Italiano

Blue Point Manager

George Bravata

Holbrook Manager

Michelle Russo

Miller Place Manager

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