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April hardware store sales down from 2010

BY Ken Clark

April sales estimates from the Monthly Retail Trade Report showed NAICS 44413 sales at $1.76 billion, compared with $1.79 billion last year. 

The report from the U.S. Census Bureau showed April hardware store sales — the latest month of available statistics for the 44413 hardware store classification — were up 17.3% on an unadjusted basis over March 2011. 

NAICS 44413 is a subset of the NAICS 444 classification — building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. Yesterday, the Advance Monthly Sales Report showed gains for 444 retailers on an adjusted basis. 

 

 

 

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Hardware Store All-Stars: N.J., N.M. and N.Y.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Channel News coast-to-coast and state-by-state hardware store all-star project visits New Jersey, New Mexico and New York.

• New Jersey
Moorestown Hardware
This converted lumberyard offers “21st-century products in a 19th-century environment.” The building that now houses Moorestown Hardware was a lumberyard in the 1890s that supplied materials for homes in Moorestown and surrounding communities. It closed in 1971, but was purchased and reopened as a hardware store in 1972. Owner Pete Bender has kept the quaintness about the store, piping in old tunes while customers shop. The sales staff is folksy, too, which is part of this store’s charm. “It was as though people had been waiting for us and wanted us to succeed,” Bender said.

• New Mexico
Big Jo True Value Hardware
Big Jo has won local, state, region and national awards. So something is working at this Santa Fe, N.M.-based hardware store. “When you walk in our doors, there is always someone waiting for you,” said co-owner Rick C de Baca. “We’re known for customer service and going above and beyond what most retailers would do. We give to the schools, the youth programs. We help the families who live here and then in turn shop here.” Big Jo is also known for carrying items — big and small — that customers won’t find anywhere else, C de Baca said.

• New York
Costello’s Ace Hardware
We can’t say this is where Donald Trump shops, but this is where he took his “The Apprentice” television show to give contestants some real-world retailing experience. The company, founded in 1973, has expanded steadily over the years, branching out across New York’s high-population-density communities of Long Island — its 16th and 17th stores opened this year in Smithtown and East Islip.

On Thursday, we’ll profile hardware store all-stars from North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio. For the full article, as it appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News, register online to read here.

 

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President Obama pays shopping visit to Toledo hardware store

BY Brae Canlen

Following a tour of a Chrysler automobile assembly plant on June 3, President Barack Obama paid an unexpected visit to Fred’s PRO Hardware in Toledo, Ohio. It seems that the First Lady needed gardening gloves.

Obama chose a pair of $4.99 green Boss Dirt Digger gloves. After the purchase, he posed for photos with store employees and approximately seven customers before leaving in his motorcade. 

Jeff Brown, the owner of Fred’s PRO Hardware, was out of town during Obama’s visit. He received a phone call from the store’s mechanic after the commander-in-chief’s departure. The employee tried, unsuccessfully, to get his boss to guess who had been in the store. Finally he just told him: “The president.”

"Who?" asked Brown.

"The president," he repeated. 

"What president?" asked Brown.

"The president of the United States."

Fred’s PRO Hardware soon sold out of the Boss Dirt Digger gloves and had to order more. No problem, said Shari Kalbach, managing director for Denver-based PRO Group. Boss Manufacturing Co. is a PRO key supplier, she said. And Fred’s PRO Hardware is a customer of The Bostwick-Braun Co., a PRO Hardware distributor member.  

"Fred’s PRO Hardware has been a PRO Hardware store for over 30 years," Kalbach said. "I’m sure this ranks as one of their most famous customers. I’m happy that the President chose an independent hardware store."

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H.Daniels says:
Nov-24-2011 07:37 pm

Obama is so proud of himself.
Obama is so proud of himself. They sell Chrysler for a billion dollar loss, unemployment is above 9%, food stamp use is up 18 million to 45 million since "o" took office 28 months ago. Gas now costs us almost $2 more per gallon since "o" arrived, we are in the midst of socializing medicine, living from payday till payday applying for cash advance in the middle of the month, defriending Israel, bankrupting our country,respected market strategists believe were are on a road to a great depression but one thing he has accomplished, his golf game has gotten better. How's all that change working out for you who bought all his crap?

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