Frattallone’s store in Minnesota plans expansion
According to an article in the Woodbury Patch, Frattallone’s Ace Hardware in Woodbury, Minn., plans to double its size.
With the expansion, the store will have room to bring in Stihl tools, according to the article. Frattallone’s Ace Hardware has 16 Minnesota locations.
McDaniel’s Do it Center lights up a promotion
The impact of federal regulations on light bulb sales has created an opportunity for a Snohomish, Wash., hardware store to push supplies while they last.
McDaniel’s Do it Center’s recent email marketing blast pointed to January 2012 changes in light bulb regulations and encouraged consumers to "stock up now and shine on!"
The company’s light bulb flier included a handy list of "Manufacturer Discontinue Dates" — for instance, 100-watt, 75-watt and 60-watt medium base bulbs will be discontinued on the first day of 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.
McDaniel’s Do it Center also promoted a buy-one-get-one-free deal with any compact fluorescent bulb.
Ace store clerk tapped for role as city manager
According to an article in The Tennessean, a part-time store clerk at Ace Hardware in Mt. Juliet has been tapped by the city as interim city manager.
In addition to his hardware store duties, Kenny Martin is also a longtime Mt. Juliet city employee specializing in business development. Martin is also a police officer in Lebanon, Tenn.
The importance of the neighborhood hardware store as a community building institution was supported by a quote that appeared in the newspaper: "It’s amazing some of the conversations you’ll have with citizens at a hardware store," Martin said.
Martin is expected to be interim city manager for about three to six months. The current city manager took a job as city manager of Vestavia Hills, Ala., a job that will begin Jan. 9, the newspaper reported.