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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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Hurricane Sandy: California retailer aims to raise $20K

BY Brae Canlen

Pedrotti Ace Hardware, a dealer in Benicia, Calif., has launched a matching-funds campaign for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. His goal: $20,000.

Cashiers at the store are asking patrons if they’d be willing to donate to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy fund. Store owner Gene Pedrotti has pledged to match the first $10,000 donated by customers.

“We’re really good at impulse selling,” Pedrotti told HCN. “This is impulse giving.” 

The San Francisco Bay area dealer got the idea on Monday night, Oct. 29, and downloaded a template from Ace Corporate to help launch the charitable campaign on Tuesday. “It’s only been four days and we’re already at $3,000,”  Pedrotti said. “We haven’t even been through the weekend yet.”

Pedrotti Ace Hardware has a long tradition of collecting funds for past disasters. Last year, it raised nearly $70,000 for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011.

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