Hardware stores show sales gains
The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows retailers classified as hardware stores — NAICS 44413 — showed improvement in October.
The Census Bureau’s Monthly Retail Trade Report shows the unadjusted sales for hardware stores in October was $1.731 billion, up 10.8% from $1.562 billion in October 2010.
Compared to the prior month, November sales also increased. The month to month gain was 5.4%.
November is the latest month of available data for retail businesses in the 44413 classification. Earlier this week, the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Report showed an increase of 0.2% for total U.S. retail and food services sales for November.
Stores keep up with the times in Massachusetts
An article in the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram describes ongoing improvements at several stores, including "one of the oldest hardware stores in the country."
Elwood Adams Hardware, which dates back to 1782, is successfully leveraging its store architectural details to connect with customers and the community.
The article also points to innovations at Aubochon Hardware, the 122-store chain based in Westminster.
Barnes Hardware, local institution, plans to close
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that an 82-year-old hardware store in Mableton, Ga., will close at the end of the year.
The store was opened in 1929 by W. H. Barnes, the grandfather of former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes. The store is expected to close Dec. 31.