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Ace to hold fundraiser in Colorado

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ace Hardware will hold a fundraising event Jan. 8 to12 in Aspen, Colo., the company has announced. All proceeds raised will go to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America.

Each year, Ace retailers from around the country gather in Aspen for a weekend of training, networking and skiing. Ace vendors pay to attend and provide on-site training and discussion with retailers. Ace corporate executives attend to listen to ideas and network with retailers, and store owners share presentations on best practices.

All of the money raised from attendance fees, vendor fees, silent and  live auctions are donated to The Children’s Hospital in Denver, one of 170 affiliated CMN hospitals. Last year, the event raised more than $25,000.

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Three new Ace stores open in Michigan

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Oakland County, Mich., has three new Ace Hardware stores, offering a combined 40,000 square feet of retail selling space, according to mlive.com, a Michigan Web site.

Tri-City Ace Hardware in Clawson and Beverly Hills Ace Hardware in Beverly Hills celebrated grand openings Nov. 14 to 16, while Commerce Ace Hardware in Commerce is scheduled to hold its grand opening in April 2009.

Tri-City Ace was opened by Dan Klepp, a longtime Rochester resident who formerly worked in the automotive supply industry. Klepp looked at several entrepreneurial opportunities before zeroing in on an Ace store.

Beverly Hills Ace owner Bill Damman is the grandson of the founder of Damman Hardware, a 17-store Michigan chain that closed in 2004. The Beverly Hills location will employ 15 people.

Commerce Ace Hardware was opened by licensed contractor David Swartz, who previously managed a hardware store and will run the 10-person operation.

All three stores are approximately 13,500 square feet.

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The Lumber Yard sells two locations

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John H. Myers and Sons, a five-unit pro dealer in South Central Pennsylvania, will acquire the assets of The Lumber Yard locations in York, Pa., and Hagerstown, Md., by Dec. 31, 2008. These operations will be combined with existing Myers facilities in the towns of York and Chambersburg.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Myers also operates lumberyards in Dallastown, Hanover and Camp Hill. The 92-year-old lumberyard ranked in 142nd place in the Home Channel News Top 350 Pro Dealer Scoreboard, with sales of $60 million for 2007.

All 73 employees who worked at The Lumber Yard locations in York and Hagerstown will be offered positions at John H. Myers, according to a company statement. “The continuity of employment for employees and source of supply for our customers were top priorities throughout our discussions,” said Bob Myers III, president of John H. Myers and a fourth generation owner.

Wolf Organization, parent company of The Lumber Yard, is engaged in negotiations to sell the chain’s two remaining locations in Downingtown and Whitehall, Pa. The LBM dealer once served five Mid-Atlantic states with 18 units, but a downsizing in late 2007 cut that number in half. Additional units were closed this year, bringing the number to four.

In a prepared statement, Wolf Organization said it wants to focus its resources on its wholesale business, which distributes cabinets, decking, siding and other building products.

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