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President Obama pays shopping visit to Toledo hardware store

BY Brae Canlen

Following a tour of a Chrysler automobile assembly plant on June 3, President Barack Obama paid an unexpected visit to Fred’s PRO Hardware in Toledo, Ohio. It seems that the First Lady needed gardening gloves.

Obama chose a pair of $4.99 green Boss Dirt Digger gloves. After the purchase, he posed for photos with store employees and approximately seven customers before leaving in his motorcade. 

Jeff Brown, the owner of Fred’s PRO Hardware, was out of town during Obama’s visit. He received a phone call from the store’s mechanic after the commander-in-chief’s departure. The employee tried, unsuccessfully, to get his boss to guess who had been in the store. Finally he just told him: “The president.”

"Who?" asked Brown.

"The president," he repeated. 

"What president?" asked Brown.

"The president of the United States."

Fred’s PRO Hardware soon sold out of the Boss Dirt Digger gloves and had to order more. No problem, said Shari Kalbach, managing director for Denver-based PRO Group. Boss Manufacturing Co. is a PRO key supplier, she said. And Fred’s PRO Hardware is a customer of The Bostwick-Braun Co., a PRO Hardware distributor member.  

"Fred’s PRO Hardware has been a PRO Hardware store for over 30 years," Kalbach said. "I’m sure this ranks as one of their most famous customers. I’m happy that the President chose an independent hardware store."

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H.Daniels says:
Nov-24-2011 07:37 pm

Obama is so proud of himself.
Obama is so proud of himself. They sell Chrysler for a billion dollar loss, unemployment is above 9%, food stamp use is up 18 million to 45 million since "o" took office 28 months ago. Gas now costs us almost $2 more per gallon since "o" arrived, we are in the midst of socializing medicine, living from payday till payday applying for cash advance in the middle of the month, defriending Israel, bankrupting our country,respected market strategists believe were are on a road to a great depression but one thing he has accomplished, his golf game has gotten better. How's all that change working out for you who bought all his crap?

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Hardware Store All-Stars: Neb., Nev. and N.H.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Continuing the alphabetical, coast-to-coast rundown of high-performing American hardware stores, here are three distinguished dealers from Nebraska, Nevada and New Hampshire:

• Nebraska


Q.P. Ace Hardware
With deep roots in the Lincoln community, Q.P. Ace Hardware has four locations. You can get a free bag of popcorn at any one of them. Founded in 1966, the business was handed down to Doug and Lisa Long in 1999, son-in-law and daughter of the founders. 

• Nevada
Ace Hardware
In Las Vegas, the sibling team of Tadami Kamitaki and his sister Matsuko Mizoguchi came to hardware retailing through an unconventional route. In 1951 they opened a crafts store in Kahului, Maui, called Ben Franklin. Now their children run the operation, which includes 24 hardware stores (three in Nevada, one in Oregon, eight in Washington and 12 back in Hawaii. They’re still in the crafts business with six Ben Franklin stores and have managed to combine the two (hardware and crafts) in two locations.

• New Hampshire


Perras Ace Hardware
Perras Ace Hardware was the first Ace dealer in New Hampshire when it opened its doors as Perras Lumber in 1980. Twenty-one years later, the Perras family decided to split the operation into two businesses, retail and wholesale, and Perras Ace Hardware was born. Open seven days a week, the Lancaster, N.H., home center has a separate gift and party supplies store on the property, as well as a full LBM offering. This past winter, the company used its Facebook page to keep snowbound customers apprised of any incoming shipments of roof rakes.

Next week, read our all-star profiles of retailers from New Jersey, New Mexico and New York. For the full article, as it appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News, register online to read here.

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Ordering at House-Hasson market to be upgraded

BY HBSDealer Staff

House-Hasson Hardware is launching a new buying program at its upcoming Atlanta dealer market through which dealers can use hand-held electronic devices to order products straight from vendors on the market floor.

“With today’s technology we want dealers to have the option of electronic ordering, which eliminates paperwork and speeds products to their stores," said Don Hasson, House-Hasson president.

The House-Hasson Atlanta Dealer Market is scheduled Thursday, June 23, to Saturday, June 25, at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Center.

Beginning Friday of the market, House-Hasson dealers will be able to scan stock merchandise using CipherLab handheld units, about the size of a cell phone, said Mike Woolf, House-Hasson VP sales.

“Products — including coupon and bonus buy items — can be scanned using a bin or UPC code into the CipherLab and the order transmitted prior to dealers leaving the market,” Woolf said.

“CipherLabs are used by a great many House-Hasson dealers in their stores to order products,” Woolf added. “Most dealers transmit to us using a telephone or by downloading it into the House-Hasson Electronic Toolbox program.”

The sole previous method of market ordering was for House-Hasson to print a book of Bonus Buy items and coupons. A dealer sticker was put on a product order, along with the quantity, as the written order was made. That system also remains in use.

“Now, if the dealer chooses, CipherLab is there as well,” Woolf said. “Using a CipherLab is a time saver, and dealers will receive copies of their orders as they leave.

“Until now there wasn’t a reason for dealers to bring their CipherLabs to a market,” he said. “Our objective is to provide them the same convenience at the market that they have in their stores.”

Another Atlanta market shift from past practice is to open up Friday’s market session for Bonus Buy items, he said. Previously, Bonus Buy events were held on Saturdays.

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