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Is she the nation’s oldest hardware store employee?

BY HBSDealer Staff

Millie Feasel began working at Zettler Hardware in Southwest Columbus Ohio sometime in the 1950s. Today, she’s 99 years old, and she’s still helping out.

According to Columbus-based WSYX/WTTE news, Feasel continues to work as a cashier 20 hours a week at the store. Why does she do it? She said she likes to get out of the house.

Not surprisingly, the active and committed senior citizen advises young people in the business to work hard every day. She also offers for those seeking the secret to long life: “Try not to worry too much.”

Zettler Hardware, a member of Do it Best Corp., is a long-time community presence in its own right. The store dates back to 1844.

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Long-time Friedman’s exec retires

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Tony Corsberg, VP of merchandising at Friedman’s Home Improvement, has announced he will retire at the end of June. Corsberg has been with the Petaluma, Calif.-based retailer for more than 42 years, working his way up through the company, from part time stocker during high school, moving into sales, then to buying and marketing, and eventually leading the merchandising in his current role.

During his tenure, Corsberg helped see Friedman’s through the opening of its Ukiah, Sonoma and Petaluma stores as well as three major store remodels. He was also instrumental in creating the company’s iconic green brand identity in 2001. Corsberg also served on both the Do it Best and NRHA Merchandising and Marketing Roundtables.

Corsberg will be succeeded by Joe Covert, a former SVP of merchandising with Marin-based Restoration Hardware. Covert brings with him more than 20 years of retail merchandising experience.

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An $86,000 shoplifting spree

BY HBSDealer Staff

An alleged shoplifting scheme that began in 2012 and racked up $86,000 in stolen Home Depot merchandise has led to the arrest of a suspect.

According to a report in the Arizona Republic, Antoine Elkik of Gilbert, Ariz., was arrested after trying to return stolen items to a Chandler store. According to the report, the suspect used a variation of the double-dip return method of shoplifting – a method that takes advantage of a retailer’s return policies.

Allegedly, the suspect would legitimately purchase an item and leave the store. He would quickly return for the same item and brazenly walk out with it – carrying the receipt from the legitimate purchase to confuse store employees.

In a case involving 402 purchases since 2012, the suspect is alleged to have returned the stolen items for refunds.

Elkik was arrested by Chandler, Ariz., police on March 27. It’s not clear if the retail scheme expanded beyond Home Depot. The description of the suspect’s activity comes from the police department’s probably cause statement to the court.

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