Mixed story for hardware store sales
The Census Bureau’s Monthly Retail Trade Report showed sales for hardware stores — NAICS code 44413 — were $1.298 billion in January, the most recent month of available data in this business classification. That’s down 22.9% from December’s unadjusted figure of $1.683 billion.
But the rush on extra ice melt and shovels had a positive side: January sales were up 1.6% compared with January 2010.
The data was released Tuesday along with advanced monthly retail sales for February.
Twister destroys Alabama hardware store
Alexander’s Hardware in Theodore, Ala., was destroyed by a tornado on March 9, one of four twisters that moved through the westernmost area of the Florida Panhandle.
The National Weather Service determined that the worst of four tornados hit the hardware store with 120 mph winds, tearing off the roof, caving in the walls and turning merchandise into flying projectiles. Owner Margaret Alexander and five employees were in the store at the time. No one was injured.
Video footage posted on YouTube and numerous media sites, including WKRG News, shows the tornado from inside the store. Alexander had installed surveillance cameras to combat shoplifting and caught the event from start to finish.
True Value releases new 2-in-1 paint
True Value has announced the introduction of a 2-in-1 — paint plus primer — paint called EasyCare Platinum. The new paint promises a one-coat solution to painting projects because it eliminates the need for a primer.
EasyCare Platinum will be available in all the colors offered in the Chicago co-op’s EasyCare line, including Flat Enamel, Satin and Semi-Gloss finishes. EasyCare Platinum is mildew-resistant and backed by a lifetime warranty.
"As more and more people tackle home improvements on their own, we’re constantly looking for ways to help them spend less time and money to get the job done right," said Anh Gibson, True Value brand manager. "New EasyCare Platinum is the perfect balance — it offers all of the benefits of a paint and primer in one, and it cuts the time and resources required for do-it-yourself paint projects in half so they can focus on other projects."