Retired police lieutenant opening Ace store
Joining the ranks of new Ace Hardware dealers is Ralph Peperone, a retired police lieutenant from New Orleans who plans to open a 10,322-sq.-ft. store in the town of Oakland, Tenn., according to an article in the Memphis Business Journal.
Peperone, who signed a 10-year lease in The Shops of Oakland mall, will co-own the company, KC Holdings, with his wife Wanda. The new store will have 8,072 sq. ft. of interior space and a 2,250-sq.-ft. lawn and garden center outside.
Peperone told the newspaper he hopes to open several Ace stores in the Memphis area.
Got air conditioners? Heat wave challenges supply chain
An article in the PatriotLedger.com reported that hardware and appliance stores say air conditioner supplies are dwindling.
A heat wave across the United States is making air conditioning a high-priority home improvement project. The newspaper quotes one Massachusetts retailer saying: "I would think there won’t be anything left by Thursday or Friday."
In Tampa area, hardware store closes
The Ace Hardware store at Tri City Plaza in Largo, Fla., has closed its doors, according to an article in the St. Petersburg Times.
A hand-written sign in the store’s front door explains to customers: "After 36 years, we are closing our doors. Thank you for being a part of our lives, and allowing us to be a part of yours."
The store was owned by Bob and Mary Jane Hoag, who purchased the store from its original owners in 1987, according to the article.