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Three Fountains Ace Hardware Named ‘Best Hardware Store’

BY HBSDealer Staff

Three Fountains Ace Hardware has been recognized as the “Best Hardware Store” by Lexington Life (S.C.) magazine’s “2012 Best of Lexington Life” reader poll.

“I credit our entire team for receiving this impressive award,” said Terry Reynolds, owner of Three Fountains Ace Hardware, in West Columbia, S.C. “Every day our employees come to work and get great joy out of providing excellent customer service to everyone who walks in the door. That, coupled with our vast product knowledge, has really cemented our place in the community as the go-to hardware store.”

The locally owned Three Fountains Ace Hardware has been operating for 20 years.

“We applaud Three Fountains Ace Hardware’s owners and staff for their commitment to excellent service in the community,” said Kane Calamari, VP retail operations and new business at Ace Hardware. “We have a dedication to helpful customer service throughout all of our stores, and Three Fountains is a strong example of this great service in action.”

In 2011, Three Fountains Ace Hardware was named the “Best Place to Buy Paint” in the Lexington area. 

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Obit: Ray Burgess of Burgess Hardware

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Ray Burgess, who ran Burgess Hardware in west Tulsa, Okla., for more than 40 years, passed away on Jan. 30, according to an article in the Tulsa World. He was 73 years old.

Burgess Hardware opened in 1943 when Burgess’ parents, Millard D. and Laura Burgess, bought an existing hardware store that had been operating since 1918. Burgess took over the store in 1962.

The store was known for its “odd and interesting [offerings], including items from bygone eras,” according to the paper.

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LA County True Value store to close

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A True Value store in Walnut, Calif., a suburb of eastern Los Angeles, has begun its liquidation sale and will close within the next 90 days, according to an article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Walnut True Value Hardware has been operated by Stuart Tielens, a 64-year-old businessman who eventually succumbed to his customers’ lack of spending from the poor economy and competition from a Home Depot that moved in two years ago.

About 12 employees will lose their jobs.

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