Home Depot fined in New Jersey
State regulators in New Jersey have fined Home Depot Inc. for $230,000 for running generators during two of the state’s “poor air quality days” and allegedly not fulfulfilling requirements to keep records of the testing.
The state says Home Depot tested generators in all 68 of its New Jersey stores on May 26 and Aug. 18, days the state prohibited such tests because of air quality regulations. Those tests were run remotely from the retailer’s Atlanta headquarters.
“We have been in touch with the (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) for the past several months,” said Jen King, Home Depot spokeswoman, in a statement. “We are aware of these allegations but are unable to confirm the charges without further details from the State regarding this alleged wrong-doing.”
The statement added: “We strive to comply with all local rules and regulations in the communities where we do business. As a matter of business and community continuity, all of our stores have an emergency back-up generator to ensure our associates and customers get out of the building safely during a power outage, natural disaster or other emergency.”
The company has the option of appealing the fine, and King said Home Depot still is reviewing all its options.
True Value store hosts successful “Ladies Night”
K&B True Value in Annapolis, Md., hosted its first ever “Ladies Night,” on Oct. 3 with more than 110 women attending. In addition to several “How To” demonstrations, the store gave away gift bags loaded with products and coupons and raffled off prizes worth hundreds of dollars.
“With a Target opening next to one of the [area] Home Depots next week, I wanted to remind our customers about our strengths in housewares, customer service and expert advice,” said Jared Littmann, owner of the 10,000-square-foot store.
During the event, K&B True Value staff members demonstrated the following, replacing a toilet flapper and flush lever, installing dimmer light switches, comparing and selecting environmentally friendly cleaners, securely hanging pictures and mirrors, preparing surfaces for painting, replacing door knobs and locks, and planting grass seed and fertilizer.
Hardware employee celebrates 50 years of service
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.