Small stores in a changing landscape
An article on NorthJersey.com examines the strengths and challenges of the independent, neighborhood hardware store.
For various reasons, Northern New Jersey has been hit by three announced hardware store closings in less than three weeks. The stores are Mitchell Simon in Englewood; Ludewig’s Hardware in Teaneck; and Fort Lee Hardware & Supply Co. in Fort Lee.
While the closings reflect a changing retail landscape, the article draws on the collected experience of the region’s successful independents and examines the one-two punch of convenience and service as the hardware store’s most effective competitive advantage.
House-Hasson success includes taking risks
An article on Knoxvillebiz.com has examined the history and the future of House-Hasson Hardware.
The article tracks the 100-year history of the regional hardware distributor, and profiles current CEO Don Hasson, grandson of one of the founders of the company.
Hasson told the newspaper, “When I was born, there were 500 wholesale hardware companies. Today, there’s 25 in the country.”
One of keys to success, he explained, was a willingness to take risks — but not a risk that could jeopardize the survival of the company.
Do it Best store opens in Nebraska
On the site of a former Mead Lumber Co. location, a C&L Hardware opens in Ashland, Neb., according to an article on JouranlStar.com.
Store manager Larry Lemon told the news outlet: “We’re going to have more hardware than lumber, but we’re going to offer lumber, too.”
The Do it Best store is owned by Dean and Mila Curtis. It is located in Ashland at the site of what was a Mead Lumber Co. location.
Mead Lumber, also a member of the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best co-op, continues to operate about 40 locations in Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Colorado.