HARDWARE STORES

Aubuchon acquires a Main Street store

The 103-location hardware chain expands in Gardner, Mass.

BY HBSDealer Staff

 

Aubuchon Hardware, the 103-store U.S. hardware chain with deep New England roots, acquired Lynde Hardware and Supply, a hardware store on Main Street in Gardner, Mass.

According to the announcement, the deal brings together two families that have served the local community and its hardware needs for generations.

“We are really marrying together,” said Celeste Drake, VP of Lynde Hardware. “It’s a family business,” she said of Aubuchon, a regional chain of 103 stores founded in 1908. “They have been in hardware longer than we have and it’s nice to have someone local taking it over.”

Aubuchon CEO William E. Aubuchon IV, said his family has always looked up to Celeste and Jay Drake, not only for their great store and customer service, but also for their support of the community.

“Celeste has been very active with the local community in Gardner and that will continue as she transitions to being a valued member of the Aubuchon team,” Aubuchon said. Aubuchon and Lynde President Jay Drake have known each other and served together as trustees of the Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. “Without question, the Drakes are committed to making a difference in our local communities. What could be better than that?”

Both of the Drakes will remain employed by Aubuchon.

Lynde Hardware is holding a customer appreciation sale, beginning March 4.

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