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Wisconsin hardware store bans guns

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pulaski, Wis., hardware store Vern’s Do it Best has put up a sign banning customers from bringing guns into the store, according to wbay.com.

According to the article, the sign was posted after an incident when a customer brought a holstered handgun into the store.

Wisconsin state law permits the carrying of handguns, but retailers are permitted to refuse service to customers who choose to do so.

In an interesting turn of events, the article also pointed to a local Ace hardware store that had provided service to the same customer earlier that day while wearing the handgun.

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Florida man buys back family hardware store

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Jeff Gross purchased Ormond Ace Hardware in Ormond Beach, Fla., for the second time in his life, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Gross was a part owner with his uncle until 1996, when he left the business to pursue a career at Ace Hardware as a Florida-wide business and project manager. Later his uncle sold the business to Nick and Harriet Pasquine.

In July Gross purchased the business back from the Pasquines, who are set to retire.

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Hardware store owners killed in auto wreck

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Ted and Karen Nichols, owners of Nichols Hardware in Purcellville, Va., were killed in a car crash on Sept. 5 after their SUV ran off a highway and hit a tree, according to an article in the Washington Post. The couple, along with five other relatives, were returning from an apple-picking outing to celebrate the 90th birthday of Doris Louer, Karen Nichols’s mother. Louer also died in the single-car accident.

The driver, Robert Louer, 65, of Florida, ran his Chevy Suburban off the side of Highway 55, over-corrected and drove over an embankment into a tree, according to Virginia State Police.

All of the vehicle’s passengers were taken to the hospital with injuries. Two of the fatalities, Ted Nichols, 64, and Karen Nichols, 63, operated the 100-year-old hardware store in downtown Purcellville, Va., which had been in their family for three generations.

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