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S.C. hardware store to reopen

BY Brae Canlen

Simpson Pinewood Hardware held its grand opening on Aug. 22 after a soft opening last month, according to an article in The Item

Now operated by the third generation of the Simpson family, the Sumter, S.C., store closed in 2011 but has since undergone a remodeling and expansion. It will now carry lawn and garden and lumber.

The location is Savannah Plaza. Owner Carl Simpson III owns the three other Simpson Hardware stores in the Sumter area.

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Paul Ryan to appear at Virginia hardware store

BY Brae Canlen

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will make a campaign stop at Northwest Hardware, a True Value dealer in Roanoke, Va., on Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Walter Vance, president of Northwest Hardware, said he got a phone call Sunday from the Mitt Romney campaign asking if they could stage an event at his Brambleton Road location on Wednesday. “We were honored and excited,” said Vance. U.S. Secret Service agents and campaign workers swept through the store on Monday. “Our biggest thing was to stay out of their way,” Vance said.

Ryan will give a speech at 9:15 a.m. Northwest Hardware is a chain of six stores in central Virginia, with a seventh under construction. Virginia is considered to be one of the most decisive states in the battle for the next president.

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DG Hardware acquires three Florida units

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DG Hardware, a Sarasota, Fla.-based chain of 11 Ace stores, has purchased the Flager Ace Hardware chain for an undisclosed sum, according to an article in the Daytona Beach News Journal. Two of the acquired units are located in Palm Coast, Fla., and the third in Bunnell, Fla.

Founded in 1981, DG Hardware owns and operates seven hardware stores in southwestern Florida and three Midwestern stores, in Aurora and St. Charles, Ill., and Kenosha, Wis.

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