Coleman’s Home Center closes in Kentucky
Just shy of its 100th anniversary, Harrodsburg, Ky.-based Coleman’s Lumber and Home Center has closed its doors.
VP Cala Coleman confirmed to Home Channel News that the single-unit home center near Lexington, Ky. is going out of business.
According to the company’s website, the business started as a flour mill in 1912. Owner Jack Coleman Jr. is the great grandson of company founder Clell Coleman, according to the website.
Ferguson expands in Houston
Ferguson Enterprises, one of the nation’s largest plumbing and HVAC wholesalers, has leased industrial space at the port of Houston, according to the Houston Business Journal.
The Newport News, Va.–based company, which has several locations in the Houston area, has leased about 206,000 sq. ft. of industrial space at the Port Crossing Commerce Center in La Porte.
Ferguson, which is owned by London-based Wolseley, has 1,350 outlets in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Former Lowe’s employee arrested for larceny
A former Lowe’s delivery manager in Wilkesboro, N.C., has been accused of selling store merchandise on eBay and using the company’s shipping system to send the items to buyers.
According to a report in the Winston-Salem Journal, Bryan Norman, 28, admitted to police that he would post items on eBay and then take them off the shelf when they sold. Then Norman would go to the store’ Internet sales area in the receiving department and process the order, according to the newspaper.
The thefts had been going on since September 2009 and ended on Sept. 9, 2011, according to court records. The wholesale cost of the allegedly stolen items was $57,451. They were described as mostly small appliances, including Dyson vacuums.
Norman turned himself in on Oct. 5 and has been charged with six felony counts of larceny by an employee, according to the newspaper.