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115-year-old hardware store to close

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Puopolo Hardware, which has been operating as a hardware business in Weston, Conn., since 1893, is expecting to close its doors in the next month.

Store owner Paul Puopolo, the fourth owner of the business, announced in April that he was planning to retire and would close the store within about six months. Puopolo said the community is devastated by the loss of this long-standing business.

“People are struggling with the idea of losing a legacy business like this one,” Puopolo said, pointing to brands like Cabot, Purdy and many others. “There was a very broad and deep inventory of branded products that the community came to anticipate would be readily available here. They’re going to miss that.”

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Appeals court dismisses Home Depot classaction

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Home Depot counted a victory in appellate court this week, following a decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss a two-year-old fraud class-action lawsuit.

The plaintiffs, all investors, had alleged that Home Depot executives were responsible for inflating its revenues artificially.

The primary plaintiff, the retirement board of Bucks County, Pa., alleged executives at Home Depot made misleading statements that improperly inflated financial results, and other violations under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

The appellate court unanimously ruled that the class action did not meet the “stringent” requirements of the Reform Act.

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Menards plans new store in Northern Illinois

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Menards plans a new location in the town of New Lenox, Ill., part of a development that also features a Walmart store, a total 450,000-square-foot retail shopping center.

New Lenox, Ill. is located in the north central part of the state, just west of Joliet, Ill.

City officials welcomed the development at a recent groundbreaking event, saying it is a move that would help local economic development initiatives.

The Menards location is set to be a 240,000-square-foot “Mega Store.” Construction is expected to start on the site in spring of 2009, with an opening planned in 2010. Alongside that, a smaller 176,400-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter is planned.

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