Obit: Michael Ross, former Ace buyer
Former Ace Hardware buyer Michael Ross, 51, died unexpectedly on Feb. 13 after a long period of rehabilitation following a motorcycle accident nearly 20 years ago, according to a notice in the Chicago Tribune.
Ross grew up in Skokie, Ill. He is survived by his brother, Harry Ross.
Arrow Lumber plans meet resistance
Arrow Lumber, a seven-unit chain of hardware stores and lumberyards headquartered in Buckley, Wash., is running into resistance from both city and county officials over a proposed expansion to his Port Townsend lumberyard, according to an article in the Port Townsend Leader.
Owner Barney Wagner, who wants to add a 7,200-sq.-ft. hardware store to his existing lumberyard, received a 45-page letter from the Jefferson County Department of Community Development detailing the agency’s concern about fire flows, traffic impacts and zoning issues, among other issues.
The City of Port Townsend has also raised objections to the land-use designation that would allow a large retail store to be built just outside city limits, when its “Growth Management Act” calls for new development to be in-filled inside city limits or other parts of the urban growth area before expanding outside of those boundaries.
Wagner said he’s grown accustomed to government opposition to new building projects; he intends to see the expansion through.
Arrow Lumber operates locations in Buckley, Eatonville, Port Townsend, Randle, Port Orchard, and Orting, Wash.
Costello’s Ace to open two more stores on Long Island
Costello’s Ace Hardware intends to open two new stores by early April, bringing the Long Island, N.Y., hardware company’s store count to 17.
The new stores will be located in East Islip and Smithtown, N.Y.
"We feel that we have a market that can support independent stores," said president Mike Costello in an interview with Home Channel News. "And as we find the right locations, we just keep going for it."
The Costello’s chain ranges in store size from 2,500 sq. ft. to 30,000 sq. ft. The two new stores, which are currently under development in strip malls, will measure 10,000 sq. ft. and just under 8,000 sq. ft.
Costello’s Ace Hardware was founded in 1973 in Deer Park, N.Y. The company received the Golden Hammer Award for Innovative Retailer of the Year in 2007. In the same year, one of the company’s stores was featured in Donald Trump’s reality series "The Apprentice."