Irene generates home product demand
Eastern Seaboard consumers are lining up for batteries, generators and other storm-related products as Hurricane Irene bears down on the eastern United States.
A CBS News report on the storm said Home Depot’s emergency preparedness team has been working and watching the storm closely, and have already sent 500 trucks to supply East Coast stores with high-demand products. CBS quoted Steve Holmes: "Product is selling just as fast as it arrives."
That assessment was born out by other reports from New York’s Long Island, not only at big boxes, but also at a handful of hardware stores, where one shopper described the scene at several stores as "a madhouse."
Irene is expected to hit land on Saturday.
Rocky’s gets final OK in Westfield, Mass.
Rocky’s Ace Hardware got its final approval to build a new store in Westfield, Mass., after resolving issues with the local planning board, according to an article in The Republican.
The new $2 million store, expected to open later this year, will be built at the rear of an existing Rocky’s location on Main Street. The old facility will be razed to make room for on-site parking, to which the planning board originally objected. Modifications to the project include fencings and plantings to screen the parking lot from public view.
Rocky’s Ace Hardware is a family-owned chain of 30 stores with locations in New England and Florida.
Ace Hardware opens in Santa Cruz, Calif.
An article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that the owner of two other California Ace stores opened a third on the Eastside of Santa Cruz.
Owner Rodney Hoffer converted a former Blockbuster video rental location into the Ace Hardware store that celebrated its grand opening over the weekend. Hoffer also owns Ace locations in Aptos, Calif., and on the Westside of Santa Cruz.