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HCN’s 2013 Hardware Store ALL-STARS

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

Now in its third year, the HCN All-Star project recognizes hardware stores that are outstanding in their field. They don’t have to be the biggest, or even the most profitable. But they must display an All-Star sense for customer service and business acumen.

To those who nominated stores, the editors thank you. To those who made the list, congratulations. And to those who believe they deserve to be recognized as All-Stars, tell us about it — and we’ll see you next year.

Alabama: Dixie Pro Hardware, Montgomery, Ala. 

Alaska: Anchorage True Value Hardware, Anchorage

Arizona: Havasu Do it Best Hardware, Lake Havasu City

Arkansas: Hilltop Ace Hardware, Little Rock

California: Pete’s Ace Hardware, Castro Valley

Colorado: Joseph’s Do it Best Hardware, Fort Collins

Connecticut: Hemlock Hardware, Fairfield

Delaware: Fairfax Hardware, Wilmington

Florida: Halls Ace Hardware & Lumber, Milton

Georgia: Intown Ace Hardware, Decatur

Hawaii: Lahaina Ace Hardware, Lahaina

Idaho: D&B Supply, multiple locations

 Idaho: Selkirk Ace Hardware, Oldtown

Illinois: Tonnies Hardware and Rental, Albers

Iowa: Marcus Lumber Company, Marcus

Kansas: Newton’s True Value Hardware, Independence

Kentucky: Congleton Brothers Pro Home Center, Beattyville

Louisiana: Budget Build Home Center True Value, Ferriday

Maine: Ames True Value Hardware & Supply, Wiscasset

Maryland: Dunkirk Do it Best Hardware & Home Center, Dunkirk

Massachusetts: Baskin’s True Value, South Yarmouth

Michigan: ACO Hardware, multiple locations

Minnesota: Frattalones Ace Hardware, Minneapolis

Mississippi: Complete Home Center, Hernando

Missouri: Oak Hill Hardware & Paint Company, St. Louis

Montana: Montana Ace-Trempers, Missoula

Nebraska: C&L Hardware, Ashland

Nevada: Home Hardware and Variety, Boulder City

New Hampshire: Goffstown Ace Hardware, Goffstown

New Jersey: McGrath’s Paint and Hardware, multiple locations

New Mexico: Harts Home Center, Moriarty

New York: Kelloggs & Lawrence Do it Best, Katonah

North Carolina: Zoller Hardware, Cashiers

North Dakota: Stockmen’s Supply, West Fargo

Ohio: Applegate Pro Hardware, Georgetown

Oklahoma: Hinton True Value Hardware, Hinton

Oregon: Parkrose Hardware, Portland

Pennsylvania: Bomberger’s Store, Lititz

Rhode Island: Wyoming Do it Best Hardware, Wyoming

South Carolina: Tri-County Ace, Seneca

South Dakota: Runnings, multiple locations

Tennessee: Ace Hardware of Chattanooga

Texas: Guadalupe Lumber Co., San Antonio

Utah: Sol Foods, Hardware and Camping, Springdale

Vermont: J&H Hardware Do it Best, Bellows Falls

Virginia: Randy’s Do it Best Hardware (multiple locations)

Washington: Island Do it Best Home Center and Lumber, Vashon

West Virginia: Boltz Hardware, Garden Center & General Store, Martinsburg

Wisconsin: Watson Ace Hardware, Lake Mills

Wyoming: Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, multiple locations

 

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Before and after: Delbert Brown’s Ace

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Like many hardware stores that come to embrace change, Delbert Brown’s Ace Hardware in Stanton, Ky., needed room to grow. Its 8,000-sq.-ft. layout simply wasn’t cutting it, especially when it had an extra 2,100 sq. ft. of adjoining property essentially serving as wasted storage space.

“It was no use at all,” said owner Delbert Brown.

Before: Given that he already owned the space, the decision to expand was a virtual no-brainer.

Construction started in November 2012 and ended in January, with extensive updates that involved taking down the walls, redoing the lighting and the floors, and changing the entrance to make it more central to the overall layout. A new relationship with Ace brought in a larger paint format, Craftsman tool line and other expansions.

“We ended up resetting the entire store,” said Brown, who cited a 20% larger paint and tools department, a 15% larger plumbing aisle and a 10% increase in his electrical products selection, he said.

After: The saying applies: “The world fills whatever size cup you arrive with.” A larger store meant larger profits, with an overall increase of 15% in year-over-year sales.

“This has been one of the most positive moves [I’ve ever made],” said Brown. “People are overwhelmed by the new product lines — they can get everything they need here. They don’t need to go to Home Depot or Lowe’s.”

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Ace Hardware event kicks off in Orlando

BY HBSDealer Staff

Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op Ace Hardware kicks off its three-day Fall Convention and Exhibits Tuesday morning with an early morning General Session at the Orange County Convention Center.  

The event organizers say they expect more than 5,000 Ace retailers from all 50 states and 73 countries to attend. 

In addition to buying and networking on the convention floor, the event’s retailer training sessions run the gamut from strategies to remove unproductive inventory to prevent shoplifting and to increase retail space productivity.

The event runs through Sept. 12.

 

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