84 Lumber nixes Wichita plans
Plans to build an 84 Lumber store on 12 acres in Wichita, Kan., have fallen victim to the housing slump. The industry’s third largest chain of lumberyards, which announced two years ago that it would re-enter the Wichita market with a new store, has put the land on the market.
Jeff Nobers, vp-marketing and public relations, told HCN that the company has gone through the permitting process for the store, “but then the [housing] slide started” so the expansion didn’t make sense.
84 Lumber operated two small stores in Wichita in the early 1980s, according to the Wichita Eagle. The company closed them in 1984.
Lumber Liquidators to sponsor Pro Bowlers
Hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators signed a “multi-million dollar” sponsorship deal with the Professional Bowlers Association, according to the Puget Sound (Washington) Business Journal.
Lumber Liquidators plans to sponsor six bowlers as part of the deal, including Patrick Allen, Tommy Jones, Rhino Page, Parker Bohn III, Michael Fagan and Brian Kretzer.
The company will also place its name on the Bowlers Association logo. The Lumber Liquidator sponsorship replaces the association’s former sponsor, Denny’s.
Lumber Liquidators currently has a heavy presence on the association’s Web site, and plans are in the works for other sponsored events and tours, such as the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour 2008-09; the Baltimore Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship; and the North Brunswick, N.J. Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open.
Based in Toano, Va., Lumber Liquidators has more than 135 stores in the United States.
115-year-old hardware store to close
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.”