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Home Depot kiosk helps DIYers get permits faster

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In Washington, D.C., local government officials — including Mayor Adrian Fenty, have unveiled a new home improvement project permit kiosk at a Home Depot store in northeast Washington.

According to an Associated Press report, the two kiosks in the store, called “Virtual Permit Centers,” are linked to the city’s postcard permit system, with the goal of making the permit process easier for residents.

Residents can submit zoning change applications for their properties for new home improvement projects, such as adding a deck or fence.

According to the report, local officials have said putting the kiosks in a Home Depot store “made sense” since “contractors and DIYers often find themselves there anyway.”

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Massachusetts hardware store to test alcohol sales

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County Line Farm and Hardware in Brimfield, Mass., recently received a license to sell beer and wine, according to an article in the The Republican newspaper.

County Line owner Robert H. Clark told the local Board of Selectmen that “funds are tight” for the store and that the license to sell alcohol would help “keep its doors open,” the article said. The County Line store carries about 8,000 hardware skus, as well as cigarettes and other convenience store type items.

Local government officials voted unanimously to approve the license. It is now pending before the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which has final say over all liquor licenses in Massachusetts. According to state regulations, the town is allowed to have five retail stores with licenses to sell beer and wine.

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HCN Index surges Monday

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On a day of the Dow’s biggest bounce back ever — up 936 points — the HCN Stock Index surged 6.36 percent.

Friday’s historic surge brought the HCN index, a basket of 20 home channel companies weighted by market cap, to 775.53. The increase made up for the dramatic losses of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but the index was still down from the 820.85 level at the beginning of last week.

Home Depot and Lowe’s led the charge, up 9.92 percent and 11.73 percent, respectively. Of the 20 companies on the HCN index, only three declined during Monday’s bullish run: Sears Holdings, down 4.3 percent; BlueLinx, down 1.67 percent; and Huttig, down 5.74 percent.

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