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Retailer gets his motor running

BY HBSDealer Staff

An Indiana hardware store gained some notoriety last week when a photo of a motorized barstool went viral on the Internet. But for the last three years, Hardware Plus, a Do it Best dealer in Osceola, Ind., has been making any number of unusual motorized vehicles, according to an article in the South Bend Tribune.

Owner Chris Hughes and his staff have strapped on motors — usually from power washers or lawn mowers — to anything you can sit on, including Lazy Boy recliners and toilets. Hughes said he got the idea from a motorized cooler he once saw at a trade show.

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Rocky’s Ace opens new store

BY Ken Clark

Rocky’s Ace Hardware will open a new store in Westfield, Mass., during a grand-reopening ceremony May 19.

The new concept store measures 12,000 sq. ft. and is located at the corners of Main and Free Streets. The new store reflects the chain’s “Re-Discover Rocky’s” concept, described by the chain as a hardware store and more.

“We are pleased to be an integral part of the revitalization of downtown Westfield,” said Rocco Falcone, president and CEO. “We have served this neighborhood for 42 years, opening our first store in Westfield in January of 1970. Now we proudly reveal a brand new store to serve the community needs.”

The new store includes energy-saving features, including skylights and green construction techniques.

Rocky’s operates 33 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Florida.

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D.Snider says:
May-15-2012 03:03 pm

Rocky’s was founded in 1926,
Rocky’s was founded in 1926, by Rocco (Rocky) Falcone Sr., located at the corner of Main and Union Streets in downtown Springfield, MA. Falcone started the tradition of offering his customers the products they needed, together with exceptional, personal service. The tradition remains in effect today at all Rocky’s stores from Florida to New Hampshire. credit card machine paper

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Ohio Ace dealer adds U-Haul rentals

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sunbury Ace Hardware, an independent dealer outside of Columbus, Ohio, has added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to its store. Customers can now purchase or rent a variety of moving equipment and supplies, including moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports. Sunbury Ace Hardware also will offer sales items to protect their customers’ belongings and make moving easier, such as heavy-duty boxes, which are made of up to 90% recycled content.

U-Haul maintains a network of more than 15,000 independent dealers across North America, according to the announcement.

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