Hardware Store All-Stars: Miss., Mo. and Mont.
The first-of-its-kind Home Channel News list of 50 hardware store all-stars visits stores with southern charm, historic charm and the universal charm of double-digit sales growth. Below, the state-by-state guide winds through Mississippi, Missouri and Montana.
Wesson Ace Hardware
A store with real Southern charm — and quite a few authentic Southern characters, according to one supplier — the Wesson Ace Hardware store in rural Mississippi is a classic, full-service hardware store dually affiliated with Ace and Handy Hardware. The company has successfully cultivated a strong e-commerce business from its rural location on Highway 51 in Wesson.
On one side of Main Street in Troy, Mo., is Hechler’s Hearth & Home, in a converted opera house. On the other side is the original Hechler Hardware building, which opened in 1896. “We’ve got the original floors and the old iron ladder that runs around the walls,” said Judy Hechler, president. Her sons Dan and Phil represent the fourth generation in the business. In addition to history, the store emphasizes service. “We have people who have been here 43 years,” Judy said. “Our goal is to provide the best personal service you can have.”
King’s Ace Hardware
Sales were up by double digits at Billings, Mont.-based King’s Ace Hardware in 2009, despite the recession swirling around the rest of the country. But then road construction projects began on two major thoroughfares that pass one of the company’s two stores. Sales took a hit, but owner Skip King, ever the optimist, proceeded with plans to open a third unit in Billings. Sales are back up, and the new 22,000-sq.-ft. store, scheduled for a fall 2011 opening, will have an espresso bar, post office outlet, full Craftsman tool assortment and 20-ft. veranda for outdoor displays.
On Thursday, read all-star profiles from Nebraska, Nevada and New Hampshire. For the full article as it appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News, register online to read here.
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Golden Hammer Vendor winners: Hardware and Tools
From ballots sent out electronically earlier this year, Home Channel News received a record number of votes for Golden Hammer Winners, producing 32 winners in four categories. The Hardware, Tools and Supplies category — subdivided in 10 sub-categories, produced the following winners:
Cleaning Supplies – 3M
Electrical Supplies – Leviton
Fasteners – Midwest Fastener
Floor Care – Bonakemi
Hand Tools – Irwin
Gloves and Apparel – Wells Lamont
Home Security – First Alert
Paint Supplies & Tools – Purdy
Plumbing Supplies and Equipment – Fluidmaster
Power Tools – DeWalt
The Golden Hammer Awards ceremony took place at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 11.
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Opportunity Village benefits from NHS donations
On the final day of the 2011 National Hardware Show, exhibiting companies donated 14 trailer loads of products to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas-based non-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities.
This collective donation was the largest ever from the exhibitors of the National Hardware Show to its preferred charity — surpassing any previous year by 15%, according to Laura D’Amore, director of sales at Opportunity Village. This means more merchandise for the Opportunity Village thrift store, which employs mentally disabled people in the Las Vegas community.
“The National Hardware Show is a major contributing factor to our store’s success,” D’Amore said. “Prior to receiving the donations from the National Hardware Show, our thrift division closed three stores and was in jeopardy of closing the last store down. This would have displaced 23 adults with severe disabilities that work in the store, not to mention the needed merchandise offered to the surrounding low-income communities. Now every year after the National Hardware Show, the community lines up outside the doors waiting to see the fabulous tools, garden decor and hardware that awaits. It is like Christmas morning for about two months at Opportunity Village Thrift Store.”
This year’s donation is the largest since the National Hardware Show moved to Las Vegas in 2004 and made Opportunity its preferred charity.
We should all take part in
We should all take part in charity activities; charity gives us the opportunity to help out society. In fact there are many charity programs available; you could choose one that suits you best. So if you want you could donate your old car to automobile donation program.