Timberland offered for luxury homes
Stimson Lumber, a Portland Ore., forestry company, has approached Bonner County officials in Northern Idaho with plans to turn 12,000 acres of timberland into a luxury homes development, according to an article in the Seattle Times. The project, which would contain 1,110 units and two golf courses, would require a rezoning permit, the newspaper reported.
Stimson, which owns and manages 500,000 acres of timberland in Idaho Montana, Oregon and Washington, would not develop the project itself. Company CEO Andrew Miller told county officials that the development, called Clagstone Meadows, would be forestalled for a number of years until the economy turns around, the Seattle Times said.
According to its Web site, Stimson operates nine manufacturing facilities in four states, producing dimensional lumber, studs, timbers and decking, among other products. Its mills supply Doug fir, Hemp fir, Ponderosa pine and Inland Red Cedar.
Marblehead, Ohio, store joins PRO Hardware group
The Village Hardware Co. in Marblehead, Ohio, has joined the PRO Hardware buying group, according to the Beacon newspaper of Port Clinton, Ohio.
Open since 2000, the Village Hardware Co. has a wide selection of plumbing, heating, electrical and hardware/household items. The store also carries Martin Senour paints and offers screen and window repair, UPS shipping, fax and copy service and small appliance repair.
Now called Village “PRO” Hardware, the store is holding a “grand re-opening” sales event through the holiday season.
PRO Hardware has been in business for 50 years, providing tools, building, electrical and plumbing supplies. It’s part of PRO Group, an Englewood, Colo.-based group that has 400-plus manufacturer partners and does more than $3.2 billion in annual distributor sales.
Aubuchon closes another location
Aubuchon Hardware, the 127-store Northeast chain, has closed another location — this time in Barre, Mass., according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette newspaper. The store had been in Barre for 68 years.
Michael D. Mattson, director of advertising and marketing for the Aubuchon chain, told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that at 5,000 square feet, the store did not have enough space for Aubuchon’s usual mix of products. In the last four to five years, most Aubuchon stores have been expanded to between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet. In addition, the store changed managers too many times in recent years, he said.
Aubuchon closed its Au Sable Forks, N.Y., location Dec. 8, saying sales had declined in recent years. Meanwhile, the chain acquired two locations in New Hampshire recently.
Aubuchon Hardware stores are located in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. The chain, started by William Aubuchon in 1908, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.