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CPO Commerce acquires TylerTool.com

BY HBSDEALER Staff

CPO Commerce, an on-line retailer of home-improvement products, has announced its acquisition of TylerTool.com, an e-commerce site that sells power tools and equipment to contractors and DIYers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Established in 1999, TylerTool.com offers DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Bosch, Porter Cable, and other brand name tools, as well as compressors, generators and other equipment.

CPO Commerce, based in Pasadena, Calif., operates 30 co-branded home-improvement e-commerce sites. Many of them carry both new and closeout, discontinued and factory-reconditioned products. In 2010 CPO launched ReconditionedTools.com, an online superstore featuring over 2,000 items from over 30 major brands. 

 

 

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In Purcellville, Va., a store struggles through tragedy

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In September of 2010, Nichols Hardware owners Ted and Karen Nichols died in a car accident, leaving the future of their classic Purcellville, Va., hardware store in doubt. 

The Purcellville, Va.-based store is a classic piece of Americana, and the subject of a documentary called, “Nichols: The Last Hardware Store. According to Sarah Huntington, CEO of Lincoln Studios, which is produced the film, the goal is to share with audiences the sights and sounds of a business that has changed very little in the last 95 years.

“When you go into Nichols Hardware, you feel like you’ve entered a Norman Rockwell painting,” said Huntington, who lives locally and has been shopping at Nichols for about 20 years. “It’s the way the staff congregates at the counter, they way they know your name. It really is like heading back in time.”

Following the tragic accident, Ted’s 80-year-old uncle Ken Nichols took over running the business. A recent Washington Post feature article asks: "Can anything save Nichols Hardware?"

 

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Stolen handguns recovered by hardware store

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Two suspects have been arrested in a hardware store burglary in which several semiautomatic handguns were stolen, according to the Daily Telegram

The Do it Best Hardware store at 325 Railroad St. was hit early in the morning Friday, when the suspects allegedly forced their way into the back of the store and cut the chain to the security gate protecting the guns, according to the article. All the guns were recovered. Authorities did not say how many guns were involved.

 

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