Indianapolis hardware store founder dies
Robert “Bob” Sullivan, founder of Indianapolis-based Sullivan Hardware & Garden, passed away July 29 at Lake Wawasee, Ind. He was 87.
Sullivan served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War before returning home and founding Sullivan Hardware on East Washington Street in Indianapolis in 1953.
The store moved to its current location on 71st and Keystone in 1963. Sullivan retired from the hardware business in 1989, leaving the store to his son Pat, who currently serves as vice chairman on the board of directors for Do it Best Corp.
Norman Ace stores to close
Co-owner Bill Stone said the company’s decision to expand in early 2008 by opening a location in Blanchard was ill-conceived given the economy’s contraction.
The company continues to operate its Blanchard and Purcell locations.
Indiana store hobbled by roof woes
Store owner Chuck Procarione said he hopes the closing is only temporary. The roof had been leaking for about 18 months, and Ace is currently in a legal dispute with the landlord, Sandor Development Co., over the water damage from the leaky roof, according to the article. Both parties believe the other should pay to repair the damage.
Approximately 25 employees were affected by the closure, the article said.