Aubuchon Hardware closes two stores
Aubuchon Hardware was forced to close two of its stores in Northern Vermont on Jan. 18 because of declining sales, according to an article in the Burlington Free Press.
Employees at the Essex Center and Enosburg Falls locations were notified by e-mail on Tuesday at noon, according to an assistant store manager. The company issued a press release saying the closings were made with "much regret."
The Essex Center store had been opened for 39 years, and Enosburg Falls location was in business for 45 years, according to the newspaper.
Founded in 1908, Aubuchon Hardware operates more than 120 stores throughout New England and upstate New York.
Colorado hardware store features free coffee, friendly cat
Colorado’s oldest Ace dealer, Offen Ace Hardware in Greeley, features all the wares of a typical hardware store — from nuts and bolts to friendly service — but also offers customers free coffee and a chance to pet Miss Kitty, according to the Greeley Tribune.
The Greeley store offers customers hard-to-find parts for their older homes.
Colorado retailers hold store-naming contest
A proposed Ace Hardware store, scheduled to open this spring in Colorado Springs, Colo., is using the vox populi — that’s "voice of the people" — to choose its new name. Nick and Kirby Kuklenski, who already own Uintah Gardens Ace Hardware in Colorado Springs, as well as Mile High Ace in Federal Heights, Colo., are holding a contest to pick the name for their third Ace unit, which will be located in Hancock Plaza on South Academy Blvd.
In addition to bragging rights, the winner will also receive a $1,000 shopping spree at the Ace store.