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In Tampa area, hardware store closes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Ace Hardware store at Tri City Plaza in Largo, Fla., has closed its doors, according to an article in the St. Petersburg Times.

A hand-written sign in the store’s front door explains to customers: "After 36 years, we are closing our doors. Thank you for being a part of our lives, and allowing us to be a part of yours."

The store was owned by Bob and Mary Jane Hoag, who purchased the store from its original owners in 1987, according to the article. 

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Hardware store sales show growth in May

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Unadjusted sales for NAICS 44413 retailers were up to $2.074 billion in May, compared with $1.899 billion in the same month last year.

May is the latest month of available statistics for the hardware store classification. The data was released Thursday morning in the Monthly Retail Trade Report.

May’s unadjusted sales were also ahead of April’s figure of $1.748 billion.

 

 

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Tampa Bay hardware store closes

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Ace Hardware in Largo, Fla., a 36-year-old business, closed on June 29, according to an article in the St. Petersburg Times

Owner Bob Hoag, a former hospital administrator from Michigan, and his wife, Mary Jane Hoag, purchased the store from the original owners four years ago.

Business began declining in mid-2007, Bob Hoag said, and has yet to recover. A trend toward Internet shopping, nearby road construction and rising rents in the store’s shopping plaza all contributed to a more difficult business climate, he said. 

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