In Michigan, Kerr Hardware closes its business
Kerr Hardware, a Mason, Mich., hardware store, was hurt by a major reconstruction of its street, according to an article in the Lansing State Journal.
The store had operated as a friendly, neighborhood hardware store for 47 years. Ivan Kerr told the newspaper: "When it’s time to stop, it’s time to stop." Increased competition and unfavorable changes to the flow of traffic on Cedar Street hurt the business, according to the article.
Kerr will continue to operate a rental business.
Retired police lieutenant opening Ace store
Joining the ranks of new Ace Hardware dealers is Ralph Peperone, a retired police lieutenant from New Orleans who plans to open a 10,322-sq.-ft. store in the town of Oakland, Tenn., according to an article in the Memphis Business Journal.
Peperone, who signed a 10-year lease in The Shops of Oakland mall, will co-own the company, KC Holdings, with his wife Wanda. The new store will have 8,072 sq. ft. of interior space and a 2,250-sq.-ft. lawn and garden center outside.
Peperone told the newspaper he hopes to open several Ace stores in the Memphis area.
Got air conditioners? Heat wave challenges supply chain
An article in the PatriotLedger.com reported that hardware and appliance stores say air conditioner supplies are dwindling.
A heat wave across the United States is making air conditioning a high-priority home improvement project. The newspaper quotes one Massachusetts retailer saying: "I would think there won’t be anything left by Thursday or Friday."