After two years of declines, hardware sales are up
Hardware store sales increased slightly in 2010, according to government data released Tuesday.
The Census Bureau’s Monthly & Annual Trade Report showed December sales for hardware stores — NAICS code 44413 — reached $1.684 billion in December, the most recent month of available data in this business classification. That unadjusted figure is up 4.5% from the unadjusted figure from December 2009.
For the full year, hardware stores sales were $18.756 billion, up 0.7% from 2009.
It was the first increase in NAICS code 44413 sales since 2007 showed an increase over 2006.
The data was released Tuesday along with advanced monthly retail sales for January.
Obit: Michael Ross, former Ace buyer
Former Ace Hardware buyer Michael Ross, 51, died unexpectedly on Feb. 13 after a long period of rehabilitation following a motorcycle accident nearly 20 years ago, according to a notice in the Chicago Tribune.
Ross grew up in Skokie, Ill. He is survived by his brother, Harry Ross.
Arrow Lumber plans meet resistance
Arrow Lumber, a seven-unit chain of hardware stores and lumberyards headquartered in Buckley, Wash., is running into resistance from both city and county officials over a proposed expansion to his Port Townsend lumberyard, according to an article in the Port Townsend Leader.
Owner Barney Wagner, who wants to add a 7,200-sq.-ft. hardware store to his existing lumberyard, received a 45-page letter from the Jefferson County Department of Community Development detailing the agency’s concern about fire flows, traffic impacts and zoning issues, among other issues.
The City of Port Townsend has also raised objections to the land-use designation that would allow a large retail store to be built just outside city limits, when its “Growth Management Act” calls for new development to be in-filled inside city limits or other parts of the urban growth area before expanding outside of those boundaries.
Wagner said he’s grown accustomed to government opposition to new building projects; he intends to see the expansion through.
Arrow Lumber operates locations in Buckley, Eatonville, Port Townsend, Randle, Port Orchard, and Orting, Wash.