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PRO Hardware retailer honored for commitment to community

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Erie Times-News, Time Warner Cable and other sponsors awarded Kraus Department Store, a PRO Hardware retailer in Erie, Pa., with the "2012 Commitment to Erie" award for businesses with fewer than 25 employees. 

The retailer was honored for its commitment to customers, the region and its employees. The store’s slogan is, "If we don’t have it, you don’t need it."

Kraus, which was one of 115 nominees, has been in business for 126 years. It opened in 1886, one year before Sears.

Kraus Department Store’s Lou Ann Nowosielski and her grandson Adam Nowosielski accepted the award during the ceremony at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie Sept. 19.

"We try to serve the people. You know that. We’re proud of it," Lou Ann Nowosielski said while accepting the award. "And we’re glad to have the people of Erie proud of us."

Located near the heart of downtown Erie, the fifth generation of the family-owned business is now involved. 

Kraus Department Store fills several niches to complement the fully stocked hardware store. It has developed a new Facebook page and created a new website, which will soon feature online ordering through PRO distributor, The Bostwick-Braun Co. 

Headquartered in Denver, PRO Group is a merchandising and marketing organization with purchasing power exceeding $3 billion through its 29 member distributors.

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Kents Hill Lumber closing hardware store, lumberyard

BY HBSDealer Staff

Kents Hill Lumber is closing its lumber and hardware business in Readfield, Maine, Nov. 3 after 36 years of operation, according to an article in the Kennebec Journal. Owner Stephen Monsulick cited the poor economy and its effect on the business. 

"The real issue is the decline in the housing starts," Monsulick said.

He will continue to run Kents Hill Lumber Self-Storage at the same site.

In its prime, Kents Hill had up to 20 employees at a time and did three to four times the business it’s doing today with six employees, Monsulick told the newspaper 

In 1989, Monsulick opened a second location, in New Gloucester, which was run by his sister. Monsulick closed that store last year. 

 

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Oregon hardware store burglarized — twice

BY Brae Canlen

B&I Hardware in Junction City, Ore., has been broken into twice in less than two months, according to an article in the Tribune News.

A K-9 dog searching the premises after the last burglary, on Oct. 23, found evidence that may lead to the culprits, according to an officer with the Junction City Police Department. 

“We have collected evidence that the suspect had left behind in hopes of possibly identifying a suspect. This is the second time, with the same MO (method of operation),” Sgt. Chuck Salsbury told the newspaper.

“There are some common elements in [commercial] burglaries,” Salsbury continued. “Poor lighting, improper door/window security, no video cameras, no horns or audio alarm — all contribute to helping the perp gain entry and, if they haven’t aroused suspicion, they will continue to get what they want.” 

 

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c.bhattarai says:
Nov-20-2012 04:35 am

I would say that the new rule
I would say that the new rule that the city police can now add security cameras on the place, where they think that is most criminal oriented, This will definately help you in in ensuring the proper surveillance...

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