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.
Two promotions at Hyde Tools
Hyde Tools has announced the promotion of two sales executives who serve its big-box, discount store, and co-op and industrial channels.
Bob Clemence, the former sales director for the co-op and paint manufacturers channel in North and South America, has been promoted to VP sales. A 20-year veteran of the company, Clemence is a fourth-generation member of the Hyde Tools family business. With his new position come additional domestic and international account assignments, including Lowe’s, Target and Walmart.
Clemence also serves as president of the American Edged Product Manufacturers Association.
Lou Oleksy, who served as director of sales for hardware and industrial distribution, has also been promoted to VP sales. Oleksy began his career at Hyde in 1984 as district sales supervisor covering New England area accounts. He was promoted to field sales manager and then national sales manager before taking on the job of director of sales. In his new position, Oleksy will have additional responsibility managing sales to large national accounts, including The Home Depot and Menards.
Oleksy is a member of the Hardware Group Association, a forum for industry executives.
Headquartered in Southbridge, Mass., Hyde Tools is a leading manufacturer of surface preparation and finishing tools.
Aubuchon to carry Benjamin Moore
Westminster, Mass.-based Aubuchon Hardware now carries Benjamin Moore paints, and prominently features the Aura line on its website hardwarestore.com.
The 130-store Northeast hardware chain used a Facebook post to announce the news. The company’s social media site also features a 30-second video, which details the training Aubuchon employees received from Benjamin Moore.
Aubuchon is combining the Benjamin Moore signage in stores, as well as incorporating the brand into its slogan: “Aubuchon Hardware and Benjamin Moore, they’ll fix you right up.”