Aubuchon Hardware donates $25,000 to hurricane cleanup project
Getting rid of mobile homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene is a costly impediment for many low-income households wanting to start over. But a public-private partnership spearheaded by Vermont state officials got a $25,000 infusion from Aubuchon Hardware, a northeastern chain of 130-plus hardware stores.
Marcus Moran Jr., Aubuchon president and CEO, presented the donation to Lt. Governor Scott and Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development, in a ceremony on Oct. 3. Aubuchon has 25 stores located in Vermont, according to the company’s website.
Typical disposal costs for mobile homes can run upwards of $3,500, particularly for older units. Vermont government officials were able to reduce this cost by requesting bulk pricing proposals from Vermont contracting firms for demolition, sorting, recycling and hauling of homes in the state’s dozen mobile home parks affected by the flooding. Under a special deal, the total disposal cost for each individual mobile homeowner will be $1,500.
Aubuchon’s donation went to the Vermont Community Foundation, which has agreed to act as fiscal agent for the mobile home removal project.
Hector’s Hardware closes a Buffalo-area location
An article on BuffaloNews.com reported that Hector’s Hardware closed one of its stores in Amherst, N.Y. The company continues to operate nine other stores.
Employees of the store that closed on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and also the closed store’s accounts, will relocate to another Amherst store, also on Niagara Falls Boulevard.
Hector’s Hardware, which carries the slogan "One heck of a hardware store," has been in business since 1954.
Ace paint store pops up in Chicago
In an effort to promote its Clark+Kensington line of premium paint, Ace Hardware opened a one-day-only pop-up store earlier this week in downtown Chicago.
Signs outside the State Street store — the site of a former Borders store — read "Today only, free paint inside." According to the spokesman, the goal of the Clark+Kensington pop-up store was to unveil the brand in a public forum.
Ace gave away 1,200 quarts of the designer white paint+primer in one.
During the Monday event, Ace offered free quarts of the new paint, described as paint and primer in one, and also offered entertainment in the form of a local artist who created paintings in the store. Ace Hardware’s home-improvement expert Lou Manfredini offered demonstrations of the paint to customers.