Hammers, nails and hard liquor
Towne Lake Hardware in the Lake Forest Park area of Washington State has an unusual niche for a hardware dealer: hard liquor.
The Ace dealer sells tools, paint and other home improvement items, according to an article in the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch, but its 12,000-sq.-ft. size allows the owners to add hard liquor under Initiative 1183, the local liquor privatization rule.
Brothers Tim and Joe Uhrich opened their store in November 2009, in the depth of the recession, but business has been good, they said.
"We can put anything in here and get away with it," Tim Uhrich told the newspaper. "We continually look to improve every department in the store as we see opportunities."
"When we get into a category, we give it our own spin," he added. "We don’t need to copy what Albertsons and Rite Aid do."
For example, the store sells several regional liquor brands, such as Mischief whiskey, made in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood; and Dry Fly whiskey, gin and vodka, which comes from Spokane.
Pet food and toys, arts and crafts products, bike accessories and canning supplies round out the assortment.
The brothers compete against Home Depot and several independent hardware stores, including McClendon’s in Woodinville. "[But] they’re all different," Uhrich said.
Report: Fischer Hardware in Virginia will close
A small-town Virginia hardware store that is involved in a lawsuit with its co-op will close Friday, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Last week, a court ruled that a lawsuit brought by Fischer Hardware’s owners, Roy and Pattie Ewers, against Ace Hardware can proceed. The article reports that the Springfield, Va., store’s bank ordered the store closed until a clearer financial picture emerges.
S.C. hardware store to reopen
Simpson Pinewood Hardware held its grand opening on Aug. 22 after a soft opening last month, according to an article in The Item.
Now operated by the third generation of the Simpson family, the Sumter, S.C., store closed in 2011 but has since undergone a remodeling and expansion. It will now carry lawn and garden and lumber.
The location is Savannah Plaza. Owner Carl Simpson III owns the three other Simpson Hardware stores in the Sumter area.