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Hardware employee celebrates 50 years of service

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Wally Lewis, an employee of Grover Beach Miner’s Ace Hardware, was honored recently for 50 years of service at the Grover Beach, Calif.-based store, according to the Times Press Recorder newspaper.

Lewis, who was honored Oct. 1, was the hardware storeOs first employee when brothers Lee and Glenn Miner opened the store in 1958. Prior to that, Lewis managed Brizzilera Hardware in Southern California.

There are now six Miner’s Ace Hardware stores in California. Lewis still works at Grover Beach Miner’s part-time.

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Thriftway files for Chapter 11

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Thriftway, a one-unit lumberyard based in Owensboro, Ky., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to an article in the Messenger Inquirer. The owner of the 45-year-old business blamed the homebuilding slump for recent financial troubles.

“Building materials dealers are not in favor with lenders at this time,” said Ken Lawson, Thriftway’s president. “Our business is good, and the Owensboro economy is good, too — much better than the national economy.”

“We’ve provided service for 45 years and will continue to provide service,”  Lawson continued. “Our people and inventories are still here, and our customers will see no interruption of service. It’s just paperwork.”

According to its web site, Thriftway also operates an affiliate, Wholesale Doors & Trim and Installation, and HardwareOvernight.com, an Internet business.

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