Texas town to get new Ace dealer
A new hardware store is under construction in Chandler, Texas, the result of two years of land use preparations, according to an article in TylerPaper.com.
The owner, Dan Langen, also operates Noonday Hardware just south of Tyler, Texas. The building is estimated to cost $450,000. Plans call for a 15,000-sq.-ft. store, with 10,000 sq. ft. of retail selling space and a 5,000-sq.-ft. warehouse. A receiving dock on the north side of the store will allow 18-wheelers to make deliveries, the article said. Customers will have their own pick-up area near the parking lot.
In hopes of revitalizing business on the west side of town, the Chandler Economic Development Corp. and the Chandler City Council recently approved a $30,000 grant to help fund infrastructure and driveways for the new store. The city expects to recoup its money in four years, based on anticipated city tax revenues of $30,000 a year. Of this amount, 25%, or $7,500, would be earmarked for economic development, according to the city administrator.
Ace’s Clark+Kensington earns high marks
In Consumer Reports’ latest tests of interior paints, newcomer Clark+Kensington earned the highest scores of 65 products evaluated for overall finish, ability to hide and more.
Clark+Kensington is the paint-and-primer in one paint brand made by Ace Hardware in 2011.
"When choosing paint, don’t assume a leading brand you swore by last time will do just as well this time around," said Bob Markovich of Consumer Reports. "Our tests found paints can vary year to year — and a bigger name does not always equal a better product."
Consumer Reports found Clark+Kensington paint to be tops in satin and semigloss finishes, and among the best for flat paints. It was also impressive at hiding, leaving a smooth finish that resisted stains and scrubbing. Its volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are low enough to meet the toughest, regional California standards.
And while new formulas have improved some paints, others performed worse than they did just a year ago in Consumer Reports’ tests. Compared with earlier versions, the Behr Premium Plus Satin Enamel wasn’t quite as good at hiding and became dull when cleaned.
Some paints such as Olympic One Flat Enamel improved at hiding. Better hiding also helped move Valspar Signature matte and semigloss up in Consumer Reports’ Ratings, joining Behr in besting Benjamin Moore, which costs roughly twice as much, among flat and semigloss paints.
Twenty of Consumer Reports’ top picks were of the paint-and-primer-in-one variety. The full report on interior paints is available in the March 2013 issue of the magazine and online at ConsumerReports.org.
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Community rallies behind Ace dealer
An Ace Hardware store that burned down in an Atlanta suburb is being inundated with offers of help and free meals from local citizens and businesses, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Handy Ace Hardware store in Tucker was destroyed by a fire two weeks ago, a blaze that is still under investigation. Local restaurants — including LongHorn Steakhouse, Roly Poly and Chick-fil-A — began sending over lunch for the store’s 28 employees. Cakes and pastries were delivered to the Handy Ace’s temporary office, set up across the street.
Greater Good Barbecue has already held a benefit that raised several thousand dollars for the store’s workers. The owner of a fitness studio across the street is planning a Zumba-thon fundraiser Feb. 9 in the parking lot.
Handy Ace Hardware has been doing business in Tucker for half a century. Operated by store owner Harold Smith, a third-generation hardware dealer, the business is housed in a former bowling alley. The Smith family also own stores in in Brookhaven and Dacula, Ga., according to the article. They intend to rebuild the store in Tucker.
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