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National Ace Hardware location closing

BY HBSDealer Staff

National Ace Hardware is closing its store at 3555 S. Howell Ave in Milwaukee, according to an article in the Journal Sentinel.

A developer recently bought the building from National and plans to open a Dollar Tree in the 14,000-sq.-ft. space.

All nine employees of the store have been offered jobs at National’s other two stores.

The location wasn’t doing as well as the other larger stores, according to co-owner Bill Rotter.

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Aubuchon Hardware donates $25,000 to hurricane cleanup project

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Getting rid of mobile homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene is a costly impediment for many low-income households wanting to start over. But a public-private partnership spearheaded by Vermont state officials got a $25,000 infusion from Aubuchon Hardware, a northeastern chain of 130-plus hardware stores.

Marcus Moran Jr., Aubuchon president and CEO, presented the donation to Lt. Governor Scott and Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development, in a ceremony on Oct. 3. Aubuchon has 25 stores located in Vermont, according to the company’s website.

Typical disposal costs for mobile homes can run upwards of $3,500, particularly for older units. Vermont government officials were able to reduce this cost by requesting bulk pricing proposals from Vermont contracting firms for demolition, sorting, recycling and hauling of homes in the state’s dozen mobile home parks affected by the flooding. Under a special deal, the total disposal cost for each individual mobile homeowner will be $1,500.

Aubuchon’s donation went to the Vermont Community Foundation, which has agreed to act as fiscal agent for the mobile home removal project.

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Hector’s Hardware closes a Buffalo-area location

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An article on BuffaloNews.com reported that Hector’s Hardware closed one of its stores in Amherst, N.Y. The company continues to operate nine other stores.

Employees of the store that closed on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and also the closed store’s accounts, will relocate to another Amherst store, also on Niagara Falls Boulevard. 

Hector’s Hardware, which carries the slogan "One heck of a hardware store," has been in business since 1954.

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