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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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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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Vendors honored with Golden Hammers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Las Vegas — The 2013 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony recognized home improvement suppliers in 31 categories during a Wednesday morning ceremony at the National Hardware Show here. 

The awards were based on an electronic survey of retailers and distributors conducted earlier this year. Retailers and distributors were asked to select one vendor per category that exemplifies excellence through their commitment to category management, inventory management, new product innovation and quality control.

The following companies won Golden Hammers in the Hardware Tools & Supplies categories:

  • Cleaning Supplies – 3M
  • Electrical Supplies – Leviton
  • Fasteners – The Hillman Group
  • Floor Care – Shop Vac
  • Hand Tools – Irwin
  • Gloves & Apparel – Carhartt
  • Home Security and Safety – First Alert
  • Paint Supplies and Tools – Wooster
  • Plumbing Supplies and Equipment – Fluidmaster
  • Power Tools – DeWalt

The following vendors received Golden Hammer awards in the home decor categories:

  • Decorative Hardware & Locksets – Kwikset
  • Decorative Lighting & Fixtures – Hunter Fan
  • Plumbing Fashion and Fixtures – Moen
  • Home Organization – Closetmaid
  • Major Appliances – Whirlpool
  • Paint: Wall Treatments and Stains – Valspar
  • Small Appliances – KitchenAid

The following companies received awards in the LBM categories:

  • Bathroom Vanities – Kohler
  • Building Materials – Boise Cascade
  • Insulation & Housewrap – Owens Corning
  • Caulking & Sealants – Dap
  • Doors – ThermaTru
  • Lumber & Plywood – Georgia Pacific
  • Windows – Anderson 

The following companies earned Golden Hammers in the outdoor living categories:

  • Barbecue – Weber Stephens
  • Decorative Landscaping – Oldcastle
  • Garden Accessories – Design House
  • Lawn & Garden Organics/Chemicals – Scotts
  • Lawn & Garden Tools & Irrigation – Ames True Temper
  • Outdoor Power Equipment – Husqvarna
  • Pools Supplies – ARCH (HTH)

Its important to stress that these winners are selected by their retail customers the toughest judges available, said Nigel Maynard, editor in chief of Residential Building Products & Technology a sister publication of HCN — who unveiled the Golden Hammer winners during the ceremony. And thats why we can safely call our Golden Hammer winners the best of the best for 2013.

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