Stores keep up with the times in Massachusetts
An article in the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram describes ongoing improvements at several stores, including "one of the oldest hardware stores in the country."
Elwood Adams Hardware, which dates back to 1782, is successfully leveraging its store architectural details to connect with customers and the community.
The article also points to innovations at Aubochon Hardware, the 122-store chain based in Westminster.
Barnes Hardware, local institution, plans to close
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that an 82-year-old hardware store in Mableton, Ga., will close at the end of the year.
The store was opened in 1929 by W. H. Barnes, the grandfather of former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes. The store is expected to close Dec. 31.
Hardware store saves post office, local zip code
When the U.S. Postal Service decided to close its office in Glenn, Mich. after losing its lease, residents of the town were also told they would also lose their zip code. Half of the community would be considered South Haven, and the other half north would have a Fennville mailing address, according to an article in the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Enter Glenn residents Robert and Vicki Amberg, owners of Gerstner Hardware in Glenn. The Ambergs proposed moving the post office into the hardware store as an alternative. The U.S. Postal Service said yes.
P.O. boxes had to be installed, ramps had to be built, and other logistics worked out. But now the Glenn Village Post Office — one of just five Village Post Offices in the country — will allow local residents to keep the town and the zip code they’ve always had: Glenn, Mich., 49416.