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In Oregon town, hardware store replaces drug store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A building in Seaside, Ore. is shifting from health care to hammers and nails.

According to an article in the Seaside Signal, the building that once was the Holladay Drug Store will soon be an Ace Hardware location. The owner Winfeld Muffett, told the newspaper that the community needs a local hardware store.

The 9,300-square-foot store is expected to open in March. According to the article, Muffett owns variety store businesses in the Vancourver, Wash., area; and in southern Oregon. 

 

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In Milwaukee, hard times for hardware stores

BY HBSDealer Staff

According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the number of independent hardware stores in Milwaukee has shrunk 50% since the mid-1990s. 

The article quotes Doug Mamayek, owner of Mamayek’s Hardware, which is one of several recent hardware stores in the area to close. "We haven’t been profitable probably for almost 10 years now," he told the newspaper.

Competition from national chains plus the weak economy were cited as causes for a rapid decline in the area’s independent hardware stores, from 50 Milwaukee County stores in the mid-1990s to about 25 today. 

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Two hardware stores to merge

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Two hardware store owners in Clovis, N.M., one an Ace dealer and the other affiliated with Do it Best, have decided to merge, according to an article in the Clovis News Journal.

Burns Do-it Center will relocate on the site of Triangle Ace Hardware, according to the owners, James Burns and Richard Petty.

Burns, who will run the new (and yet-to-be-named) store, also operates locations in Tucumcari and Raton, N.M., and Texline, Texas. He said a lack of space in his Clovis store prevents him from carrying more building materials.

“The merger with Triangle will allow [my] customers a greater selection of merchandise, including lumber and building materials,” Burns told the newspaper. “It will also give Triangle’s customers access to Merrilat cabinets, Mohawk, Beaulieu and Shaw flooring, as well as installation on those items."

 

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