State-by-state Hardware Store All-Stars: N.C., N.D., Ohio
The Home Channel News coast-to-coast countdown of high-quality retailers continues in North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio:
• North Carolina
Lanier’s, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, features more than 100,000 hardware items. While lawn and garden equipment, such as Stihl trimmers, blowers and chain saws, are a big hit, the Lexington, N.C., store has an extensive collection of sporting items. Lanier’s sells team uniforms and does screen printing and embroidery for those who want logos on their favorite jerseys. Lanier’s motto is: “If we don’t have it, we’ll find it for you.”
• North Dakota
Edinburg General Store
How popular is Edinburg General Store? Tour buses come to this location — in a town of 252, no less. “We are a destination place,” said owner Bernice Flanagan, a Do it Best member. This quaint hardware store entertains guests with three G-scale trains that circle the perimeter of the balcony and pieces of antique furniture highlighting the merchandise on two levels of the store. Edinburg General Store sells unique hardware, housewares, Carhartt clothing, Wrangler jeans, gifts and personalized pottery for many surrounding towns. “We’re the biggest little general store in North Dakota,” Flanagan said.
All American Store
Opened in Brookville, Ohio, in January 2010 and expanded to a second location in Huber Heights, Ohio, in June 2010, the All American Store is an example of a business that puts its money where its mouth is. Everything in the store is made or assembled in America, co-owner Mike Petro said. “We’re supporting suppliers in the U.S. that are trying to stay in business,” he said. “We have to stop sending manufacturing jobs over to China.” How’s it working? A third store is in the pipeline, he said.
HCN Monday will profile all-star hardware stores in Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Or, for the full article from the May issue of Home Channel News, register or log in here.
April hardware store sales down from 2010
April sales estimates from the Monthly Retail Trade Report showed NAICS 44413 sales at $1.76 billion, compared with $1.79 billion last year.
The report from the U.S. Census Bureau showed April hardware store sales — the latest month of available statistics for the 44413 hardware store classification — were up 17.3% on an unadjusted basis over March 2011.
NAICS 44413 is a subset of the NAICS 444 classification — building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. Yesterday, the Advance Monthly Sales Report showed gains for 444 retailers on an adjusted basis.
Hardware Store All-Stars: N.J., N.M. and N.Y.
The Home Channel News coast-to-coast and state-by-state hardware store all-star project visits New Jersey, New Mexico and New York.
• New Jersey
This converted lumberyard offers “21st-century products in a 19th-century environment.” The building that now houses Moorestown Hardware was a lumberyard in the 1890s that supplied materials for homes in Moorestown and surrounding communities. It closed in 1971, but was purchased and reopened as a hardware store in 1972. Owner Pete Bender has kept the quaintness about the store, piping in old tunes while customers shop. The sales staff is folksy, too, which is part of this store’s charm. “It was as though people had been waiting for us and wanted us to succeed,” Bender said.
• New Mexico
Big Jo True Value Hardware
Big Jo has won local, state, region and national awards. So something is working at this Santa Fe, N.M.-based hardware store. “When you walk in our doors, there is always someone waiting for you,” said co-owner Rick C de Baca. “We’re known for customer service and going above and beyond what most retailers would do. We give to the schools, the youth programs. We help the families who live here and then in turn shop here.” Big Jo is also known for carrying items — big and small — that customers won’t find anywhere else, C de Baca said.
• New York
Costello’s Ace Hardware
We can’t say this is where Donald Trump shops, but this is where he took his “The Apprentice” television show to give contestants some real-world retailing experience. The company, founded in 1973, has expanded steadily over the years, branching out across New York’s high-population-density communities of Long Island — its 16th and 17th stores opened this year in Smithtown and East Islip.
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