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Sanibel, Fla., hardware store re-opens

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Bailey’s True Value Hardware in Sanibel, Fla., is holding a re-opening event Dec. 5 and 6 after undergoing an expansion and renovation, the Island Reporter newspaper reported.

Bailey’s, which opened in 1982 after an expansion of Bailey’s General Store, underwent a 10-week renovation and now spans 8,000 square feet with a new layout, lighting and signage. In addition to core departments — including tools, paint, plumbing supplies, gardening goods and housewares — the store will also feature a fishing department with live bait, a gift center and beach gear.

Bailey’s also includes some eco-friendly improvements like new “green” insulation and a refurbished floor that requires only water to be cleaned.

Grand re-opening events include free doughnuts and coffee in the morning and hot dogs and other refreshments in the afternoon. There will also be a raffle for free products and a special 20 percent discount on hardware items, the article said. 

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Home Depot China appoints new president

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Simon Chuen has been appointed president of Home Depot China, replacing Yves Chen, who resigned the position in November, the company said.

Chuen, who formerly served as Home Depot China’s vp-merchandising, will be responsible for managing the China operations and will work closely with The Home Depot China management team.

Home Depot said Chen, 52, a former executive of Beijing Hualian Hypermarket and Carrefour China, “left due to personal reasons.”

Home Depot acquired Tianjin HomeWay Building Materials Supermarkets in late 2006 and now operates 12 stores in Beijing, Tianjin, Xi’n, Qingdao, Shenyang and Zhengzhou.

“The Home Depot remains strongly committed to and will continue focusing on providing the best quality home-improvement products and services for Chinese customers through close collaboration with partners, relevant government agencies and the communities,” Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake told HCN.

During the company’s third-quarter conference call, Home Depot CEO Frank Blake described comparable-store sales in China as negative, largely due to the impact of the Olympics held in China in August.

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Ace concludes Helpful Places campaign

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On Dec. 3, Ace Hardware surprised the Camp Fire USA North Central Montana Council in Great Falls, Mont., with a $10,000 makeover, completing the “New Faces for Helpful Places” campaign for 2008.

Ace awarded money and makeover services to a total of 10 community organizations over the last several weeks, each receiving a surprise visit from Lou Manfredini, Ace’s “Helpful Hardware Man,” as well as a group of area Ace store owners and managers.

The contest began in August, when the Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op began receiving entries from community organizations in need of a facelift. The 10 winners were chosen from more than 2,600 entries.

The renovation projects will take place in early 2009, and each project will be led by Manfredini and a group of local volunteers from each local market.

In addition to Camp Fire USA, other winning entries were as follows: Santa Maria Urban Ministry (San Jose, Calif.); Rio Vista Center (Phoenix, Ariz.); Macon Teen Challenge (Macon, Ga.); The Salvation Army of Lee County (Fort Myers, Fla.); Chattanooga Rescue Mission (Chattanooga, Tenn.); Springtides (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Kids Kicking Cancer (Detroit, Mich.); First Step Home (Cincinnati, Ohio); and The Little Angel Fund (Farmingville, N.Y.).

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