Paul Ryan to appear at Virginia hardware store
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will make a campaign stop at Northwest Hardware, a True Value dealer in Roanoke, Va., on Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m.
Walter Vance, president of Northwest Hardware, said he got a phone call Sunday from the Mitt Romney campaign asking if they could stage an event at his Brambleton Road location on Wednesday. “We were honored and excited,” said Vance. U.S. Secret Service agents and campaign workers swept through the store on Monday. “Our biggest thing was to stay out of their way,” Vance said.
Ryan will give a speech at 9:15 a.m. Northwest Hardware is a chain of six stores in central Virginia, with a seventh under construction. Virginia is considered to be one of the most decisive states in the battle for the next president.
DG Hardware acquires three Florida units
DG Hardware, a Sarasota, Fla.-based chain of 11 Ace stores, has purchased the Flager Ace Hardware chain for an undisclosed sum, according to an article in the Daytona Beach News Journal. Two of the acquired units are located in Palm Coast, Fla., and the third in Bunnell, Fla.
Founded in 1981, DG Hardware owns and operates seven hardware stores in southwestern Florida and three Midwestern stores, in Aurora and St. Charles, Ill., and Kenosha, Wis.
Customer locked inside NYC hardware store
A customer looking for some bolts in a New York City hardware store was accidently locked inside for almost an hour, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
Mike Brennan, a 36-year-old elevator mechanic, was shopping at Brooklyn Hardware when a worker rolled down the front security gate around 1 p.m. After searching through the locked and empty store, Brennan first tried to find a phone number for the owner. Then he called 911.
A police officer called him back, and eventually Brennan was freed when the store worker, who closed the shop to attend Friday prayers at a local Mosque, showed up with the keys.