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R&H Ace Hardware closes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

R&H Ace Hardware in the Hanover Mall, in Hanover Township, Pa., has closed, according to an article in the Citizens’ Voice. The landlord is in talks with other companies to take its place.

There are two signs on the door: One says the store is closed, while the other sign is a lockout notice.

Becrett LLC, owner of the Hanover Mall, says in the notice that R&H Holdings, owner of the Ace Hardware location, “has violated the terms of the lease by failing to pay rent, late charges and the cost of lease enforcement, including attorney fees.”

Everything in the store has been sold in a liquidation sale and bank auction, Hanover Mall owner Keith Beccia told the newspaper. He there were a number of reasons the store closed — not only R&H Holdings’ nonpayment of rent.

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Rocky’s Ace’s annual pet food drive a success

BY HBSDealer Staff

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware collected more than three tons (6,556 lbs.) of pet food, along with beds, leashes, treats, toys and cleaning supplies during its second annual pet food drive. The supplies were delivered to local animal shelters.

Each of the 33 Rocky’s Ace Hardware stores partnered with an area Humane Society or Shelter to collect food during the holiday.

“The outpouring from our customers was truly heartwarming. The collection total well surpassed our expectations. All of us at Rocky’s extend sincere thanks to our neighbors who gave so generously” said Rocco Falcone, president and CEO.

The program supported 30 organizations that provide shelter, veterinary care and comfort for homeless animals in five states. 

Customers and Rocky’s employees made donations of pet food at their local Rocky’s Ace Hardware store. The store teams also worked with neighborhood shelters to collect cleaning supplies, leashes, beds and other items. 

Nutro Pet Foods kick started the program with a donation of $1,500 worth of premium dog and cat food. 

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$100K incentive for store goes to council

BY Ken Clark

A request by a Bartlesville, Okla., businessman for a $100,000 incentive to build a new Ace Hardware store in town will be heard by the Bartlesville City Council Monday, according to a report in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

The hearing follows previous discussions by the local businessman, Jeff Potter, and the Bartlesville Development Corp. board of directors. 

According to the arguments for the incentive, a new hardware store would bring 12 to 14 full-time jobs to the area, plus about $20,000 in city revenue generated by sales tax. The proposal calls for a $10,000-per-year incentive for a 10 years.

The city council denied a similar request in 2010, when Tractor Supply sought an incentive. Other local businesses objected on the grounds that the store wouldn’t bring new customers but would divert customers from existing stores, according to the newspaper.

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