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House-Hasson plans dealer market in East Tennessee

BY Ken Clark

Knoxville, Tenn.-based House-Hasson Hardware will bring thousands of visitors to East Tennessee as its largest annual event comes to resort town of Sevierville.

House-Hasson, self-described as the “nation’s largest independent regional hardware distributor,” expects some 600 to 800 hardware store owners and their families to attend the June 20-22 event. The event will be headquartered at the Wilderness at the Smokies Resort in Sevierville. 

“We’re making Sevierville the site for our summer market because our dealers — the hardware store and lumberyard owners we serve — love coming to East Tennessee,” said Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware. “They make a vacation out of the trip and combine very important business with East Tennessee family experiences that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in America.”

At House-Hasson’s dealer markets, independent hardware store owners get discounted prices on popular merchandise, see new products available through House-Hasson, and can place their orders directly from the exhibit floor.           

“Past summer markets have been held in other cities, such as Atlanta and Cincinnati, “but our dealers have clearly said they like it better here,” Hasson said. “After they’ve done their work at the market they can find so much to do in the national park, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Knoxville and other East Tennessee places and attractions.”

House-Hasson serves 2,000 independent hardware store owners in 17 states and the Caribbean.

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In Arizona, a new Ace store

BY Ken Clark

Ace Hardware opened in Casa Grande, Ariz., with a 9,950-sq.-ft. store in the Villago Marketplace, according to the TriValleyCentral.com web site. 

The store is owned by Jan Blanco, who also owns Ace stores in Tempe and Chandler. Blanco told the news outlet: “We look forward to being a part of this community and providing the superior level of service associated with Ace Hardware stores."

The new store is located at the Villago Marketplace on N. Pinal Avenue in Casa Grande. It relocated from a Florence Boulevard spot.

 

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Westlake unveils a new store design in Missouri

BY Ken Clark

Among the new design elements of Westlake Ace Hardware’s Bolivar, Mo., location are an open-air entranceway, unique signing and decor, and browse-friendly lifestyle categories situated in the center of the store.

“We’ve spent the past year studying and analyzing everything we know about our customers; the products they need, their mind-set when they shop, and help they’re looking for,” said George Smith, CEO of Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware. “The Bolivar store is the culmination of that effort. I’m convinced we have created a store specifically designed to meet their needs and preferences.”

The hardware chain, a longtime Ace member that was recently purchased by Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp., will hold a grand opening on March 15.

“With the addition of the Bolivar location, Westlake has introduced an innovative new store layout unlike anything we have ever done before. From the building materials to the floor plan, it is uniquely designed to deliver a noticeably superior shopping experience to our customers,” said Smith.

Designed by store design firm JGA, the 17,845-sq.-ft. building’s attached Garden Center is the first of its kind for Westlake. Additionally, the design incorporates construction materials and a design approach intended to provide an organic and modern feel, more natural light from garage-style doors and skylights, a wood and metal façade, and polished concrete floors. 

Though approximately half of Westlake stores currently have Garden Centers, the outdoor areas have not been directly accessible from the indoor Lawn & Garden Department. Not only does this new feature allow customers to more conveniently access products, especially during inclement weather, it also provides additional venues for the store to merchandise seasonal items in new and interesting ways, the company said. 

Westlake Ace Hardware was founded in 1905 and today operates 86 neighborhood hardware stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. It is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corp.

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