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Georgia customer wins big at Ace

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware announced the grand prize winner of its first-ever Ace Rewards Scratch n’ Win Sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes, which ran between July 14 and July 19, offered Ace Rewards members a Scratch n’ Win Game Card with every purchase, giving them a chance to instantly win 1,000 Ace Rewards points and entering them into a sweepstakes to win the grand price of 1million points.

The company announced today that Lou Manfredini, Ace’s home expert, and Ace stores in Bryron, Ga., will announce Richard Fendley as the grand prize winner. Fendley was one of the 200,000 members who shopped Ace stores over the six-day period, the company said.

“We are thrilled to be giving away 1 million points to a loyal Ace Hardware customer,” said John Surane, VP marketing, merchandising and paint for Ace. “The Scratch n’ Win Sweepstakes is a way to give back to our Ace Rewards members and encourage them to continue shopping at their local Ace store.”

With more than 19 million members, Ace Rewards is a customer loyalty program that accounts for $2.2 billion annually in sales. Customers participating in the points-based program are rewarded with promotional offers based on their individual purchase history.

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Obituary: Goodman Hardware’s Richard Singer

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Richard Singer, owner of Goodman’s Hardware in Fair Lawn, N.J., died on Nov. 13, according to an article in the Bergen Record.

Singer, age 60, was diagnosed with cancer in October. He was a second-generation hardware dealer. The store, which has been in the family for 40 years, has been closed, the newspaper reported. Mainardi Management Co., which manages the shopping center at Fair Lawn Avenue and Plaza Road, broke the news in a letter posted on Goodman’s door.

Singer was known as a feisty defender of the independent hardware dealer. He kept a sign in his store window that said, “Thank you for not shopping at Home Depot.”

Twenty-one years ago, when a Bergen Record columnist wrote about a bad shopping experience in a large Rickel Home Center in Paramus, N.J., Singer wrote a letter to the editor saying, “Mr. Ahearn can find good times at his local hardware store. The service and knowledge are still there, as well as the merchandise in bins. Getting good service and not being insulted by waiting on long checkout lines may not make good cocktail-party conversation, but it will definitely make you think twice about running out to Route 17.”

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Hardware store in Greensboro gives back

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Ahardware store in Greensboro, N.C., has only been open for about a month, but it has already found a way to give back to its local community, according to the News-Record.com.

The Northern Greensboro Ace Hardware store opened Oct. 5, but by Nov. 9 co-owner Doug Brown was already meeting with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to discuss donating hand tools to the local cause, according to the article.

Brown used the charity as a way to get the word out about the new store by promising to donate one hand tool for every 10 e-mail addresses signed up for their newsletter. As of the writing of the article, the store had more than 300 addresses added to the list.

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