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Home Hardware Center to move Vidalia, La., store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home Hardware Center, a 15-store chain with locations in Mississippi and Louisiana, is relocating its Vidalia, La., store to a larger building, according to the Natchez Democrat newspaper.

Home Hardware Center owner Jimmy Smith and two other businessmen purchased Vidalia Shopping Center and are in the process of refurbishing its buildings. Home Hardware will be moved to the shopping center once the improvements are completed — by March 2009, Smith said. The store has been in its current location for 20 years.

The new, 23,000-square-foot building is four times the size of the current store and will provide additional space for lumber and building materials, appliances and flooring. The store will also offer work wear and a boot department.

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Marblehead, Ohio, store joins PRO Hardware group

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The Village Hardware Co. in Marblehead, Ohio, has joined the PRO Hardware buying group, according to the Beacon newspaper of Port Clinton, Ohio.

Open since 2000, the Village Hardware Co. has a wide selection of plumbing, heating, electrical and hardware/household items. The store also carries Martin Senour paints and offers screen and window repair, UPS shipping, fax and copy service and small appliance repair.

Now called Village “PRO” Hardware, the store is holding a “grand re-opening” sales event through the holiday season. 

 

PRO Hardware has been in business for 50 years, providing tools, building, electrical and plumbing supplies. It’s part of PRO Group, an Englewood, Colo.-based group that has 400-plus manufacturer partners and does more than $3.2 billion in annual distributor sales. 

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Aubuchon closes another location

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Aubuchon Hardware, the 127-store Northeast chain, has closed another location — this time in Barre, Mass., according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette newspaper. The store had been in Barre for 68 years.

Michael D. Mattson, director of advertising and marketing for the Aubuchon chain, told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that at 5,000 square feet, the store did not have enough space for Aubuchon’s usual mix of products. In the last four to five years, most Aubuchon stores have been expanded to between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet. In addition, the store changed managers too many times in recent years, he said.

Aubuchon closed its Au Sable Forks, N.Y., location Dec. 8, saying sales had declined in recent years. Meanwhile, the chain acquired two locations in New Hampshire recently.

Aubuchon Hardware stores are located in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. The chain, started by William Aubuchon in 1908, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.

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