After almost a century in business, Doody Home Center in Sheepshead Bay to close

Doody Home Center has closed after almost a century in business.
Photo by Erica Price

Doody Home Center, a local fixture of southern Brooklyn, is closing its doors after nearly a century in business.

The home improvement store, known for its wide range of products and friendly customer service, has been a staple in Sheepshead Bay since its founding in 1925. Owners announced the closure in a letter to customers last month, and said the store’s fate was out of their hands.

“The decision to close Doody Home Center was not one made lightly, nor was it the choice of our ownership,” the letter reads. “Circumstances beyond our control have led us to this difficult juncture, and while the path ahead bears the weight of sadness, we are uplifted by the memories and relationships that have defined our journey.”

The store’s current manager, Nina, told News12 during the store’s massive closing sale that the building is being sold.

Generations of residents have relied on Doody Home Center for their home improvement needs, from paint and hardware to gardening supplies and home decor. The family-owned business was deeply embedded in the neighborhood, and even sparked memories of childhood for Brooklyn Paper staff.

A sign alerts patrons to the store’s closing. Owners let locals know in an open letter published on the business’ website last month.Photo by Erica Price

Patrons of the shop recalled going to Doody Home Center as children with their families. And the store itself had family ties — the Doodys have managed the business for four generations: great grandfather, grandfather, father and son and daughter.

“For 99 years, our store has stood as a pillar of our community, weathering storms, supporting families, and providing essential goods and services since the eve of the Great Depression,” the family said in the letter.

The family expressed gratitude to their loyal customers and the community for their support over the years.

“We are eternally grateful for the unwavering support and patronage of each and every one of you. Your loyalty has been the bedrock upon which our legacy was built, and for that, we extend our deepest thanks,” the letter said. “From the families who have entrusted us with their home improvement needs to the generations who have walked through our doors seeking inspiration, guidance, and warmth, your presence has been the heartbeat of our existence.”

An American flag waves outside of the family-owned Sheepshead Bay business.Photo by Erica Price

The store’s going-out-of-business sale is still going on, and owners say, “everything must go.” But when it does, Doody Home Center’s legacy will live on in the hearts of Sheepshead Bay residents — and, of course, for the Doody family.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for 99 years of trust, friendship, and shared moments,” the family letter ends. “It has been an honor to serve the Sheepshead Bay community, and we depart with a profound sense of appreciation for the privilege to be a part of your lives.”

In their absence, owners encouraged locals to support their neighborhood’s other small businesses.

“We encourage you to continue supporting the local businesses that enrich the fabric of our neighborhood, as their dedication and passion mirror the values that have guided us through the years.”

Doody Home Center is located at 2461 East 17th St., between avenues X and Y.