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Menards in Hoffman Estates, Ill., to close

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A Menards store in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will close by the end of November, according to a report in the Chicago Daily Herald, a newspaper covering the suburbs of Chicago.

The Hoffman Estates’ village trustees announced the planned closure at a meeting held earlier this week.

Trustees said the store is set to close on Nov. 24, leaving the village without a hardware store. Notably, Sears Holdings headquarters are located in Hoffman Estates.

According to the report, 10 village officials attended the May convention of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Global Retail Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas to speak with representatives from “several national business chains,” particularly with the hopes of securing a second hardware store for the village.

“We couldn’t find anyone,” trustee Karen Mills told the newspaper.

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Wolf recalls 24,000 ranges

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Madison, Wis.-based Wolf Appliance has recalled 24,000 gas ranges manufactured in the United States due to a delayed gas ignition problem.

The faulty gas ignition can cause a flash of flames to come out of the range door when it’s opened.

The company has received 97 reports of delayed ignition, as well as 15 reports of minor burns, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no reports of fires or property damage.

The ranges were sold through a variety of home-building and appliance stores around the country from January 1998 to June 2008. Some units were sold directly to home builders.

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True Value retailer named Citizen of the Year

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Raymond Chamberlin of Belmont True Value Hardware in Belmont, N.Y., was recently named Citizen of the Year by the Belmont Betterment Association and the residents of Belmont.

Chamberlin received the honor in recognition of his achievements in business and overall contributions to the community. Since purchasing Belmont True Value in 1981, he has expanded the retail selling space from 3,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet, and has added building materials and a lumberyard.

“In rough times we’ve had lately, we’ve been able to thrive by working on customer service, making people feel special when they walk in the door,” Chamberlin said. “I think the Betterment Association is appreciative to see a small business doing well in this society.”

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