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Long-time E.C. Barton employee retires

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Harold Bouland, vp-retail purchasing and wholesale operations of E.C. Barton & Company, has retired from the company after 43 years.

E.C. Barton, a hardware store chain with 11 locations in Arkansas and nine in Missouri, is a member of the Do it Best co-op. Joe Corah, division manager of commodities for Do it Best, and Tom Nolen, a retail development specialist with the company, were on hand at Bouland’s retirement celebration to present him with plaques commemorating his long-term support of E.C. Barton’s relationship with the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op.

Bouland began working at E.C. Barton after graduating from Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University) in 1965. With a degree in accounting, Bouland initially managed the company’s books and handled sales. He was soon promoted to assistant manager, a position he held for 11 years, before being named a district manager, a position he held for 20 years. Bouland later served as vp-special projects. He will remain on the company’s board of directors.

“Harold Bouland has served E.C. Barton & Company with uncompromising honor and loyalty,” said Niel Crowson, president and CEO of the company. “We are grateful for his 43 years of service and the many contributions he has made to our success.”

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Kansas Hardware business closes after more than a century

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J & S Hardware, a Pretty Prairie, Kan.-based hardware retailer and NAPA auto parts store, will close on Nov. 30, according to McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

The 8,000-square-foot store has been operating on the town’s Main Street for 108 years, according to Sue Farmer, who owned the business with her husband Jim. She pointed to the slow economy as the reason they are closing just four years after buying the business. According to the Pretty Prairie Community Association, several local businesses have closed in the last few years.

J & S Hardware, a Pretty Prairie, Kan.-based hardware retailer and NAPA auto parts store, will close on Nov. 30, according to McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

The 8,000-square-foot store has been operating on the town’s Main Street for 108 years, according to Sue Farmer, who owned the business with her husband Jim. She pointed to the slow economy as the reason they are closing just four years after buying the business. According to the Pretty Prairie Community Association, several local businesses have closed in the last few years.

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Existing home sales fall below 5 million

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Existing-home sales fell 3.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.98 million units in October from a downwardly revised pace of 5.14 million in September. Sales are 1.6 percent below the 5.06 million-unit level in October 2007.

The sales figure, from the National Association of Realtors, includes single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops.

The national median existing-home price in October was $183,300, down 11.3% from a year ago when the median was $206,700. In September, the median existing-home price was $191,400. That 11.3 percent decline stands as the largest year-over-year drop on since 1968, and the lowest median sales price since March 2004.

“Many potential home buyers appear to have withdrawn from the market due to the stock market collapse and deteriorating economic conditions,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. 

Yun identified some areas with solid sales gains from a year ago, including many California and Florida markets, as well as Boston, Minneapolis, and Denver.

Total housing inventory at the end of October slipped 0.9 percent to 4.23 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 10.2-month supply at the current sales pace, up from a 10.0-month supply in September.

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