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Delaware dealer hurt in store blaze

BY Brae Canlen

A fire that that heavily damaged Burton Bros. Hardware in Seaford, Del., sent one of the store owners to the hospital for smoke inhalation, according to an article in the News Journal.

Ric and Ron Marvel, ages 58 and 62, both responded to the fire alarm at their store as members of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. It was Ric, the younger brother, who was injured.

Scores of firefighters from numerous fire companies arrived after the local volunteers and battled the blaze for two hours. One firefighter was treated at a local hospital for burns.

While a garage annex holding the store’s stock of large appliances escaped damage, the main hardware store — built in 1893 and on the National Register of Historic Places — sustained major water and smoke damage on the first and second floors. The cause is still under investigation.

 

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Downtown Seattle gets its own hardware store

BY Brae Canlen

An Ace Hardware store will open in downtown Seattle in the first quarter of 2013, according to an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The 7,500-sq.-ft. store will be located next to a Bed Bath & Beyond and a paid parking lot. Delivery service will be offered for downtown residents.

The new Ace stores will be opened by the Meyers Group of Clinton, Wash., a real estate development firm that owns and operates grocery stores, gas stations and shopping centers. The Meyers Group also operates two True Value hardware stores.

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Minnesota store rolls the dice on blower deal

BY Ken Clark

Beisswenger’s, a New Brighton, Minn., hardware store, is rolling dice with the weather this winter and offering a promotion to generate snow-blower sales at the same time.

According to WCCO, Beisswenger’s is advertising this deal: if customers buy a snow blower by Dec. 23, they will get their money back if it snows 6 ins. or more on New Year’s Day. With the unpredictability of Minnesota weather, the offer is expected to get noticed in the market. 

According to the article, the idea for the promotion, the first of its kind for the Do it Best member, came from a store employee.

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