McLendon Hardware, hospital to unveil mural

Many Renton residents were born at McLendon Hardware. Not now as the store that sells hammers and nails, but when it was Renton Hospital.

The mural

Store wants baby pictures

for display

Many Renton residents were born at McLendon Hardware. Not now as the store that sells hammers and nails, but when it was Renton Hospital.

The old Renton Hospital on Rainier Avenue South was torn down years ago, replaced by a Kmart store.

More recently, McLendon moved into the building after years on South Second Street.

After a move to its current site in 1969, the hospital was renamed Valley General Hospital and then Valley Medical Center.

Pictures of these hospital babies and Valley Medical Center and McLendon Hardware employees are part of a collaborative mural to be unveiled at a ribbon cutting Friday. The mural, called “McLendon Hardware and Valley Medical Center – Born and Raised in Renton” is on a wall inside McLendon Hardware.

Drop off baby pictures of those born at Renton Hospital at the Customer Service Desk at McLendon Hardware. The photos will be displayed as part of the mural. Label photos with babies names and ages and when they were born at the old hospital.

The ribbon cutting is part of a Renton Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast. Tickets are $15. Registration is required. Register online at www.gorenton.com or by calling the Chamber at 425-226-4560. McLendon Hardware is at 440 Rainier Ave. S.

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