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OSH starts recruiting Oregon workers

BY Brae Canlen

Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), a chain of California home improvement stores, is holding a hiring event to staff its new stores in Tigard and Portland, Ore., according to an article in The Oregonian.

The 89-unit chain needs to fill 160 full- and part-time positions, the article said. The advertised jobs include department leads, customer service associates, cashiers and bicycle repair experts.

The Jan. 29 and 30 event will be held at the Cascade Crest Banquet Center next to the entrance of the Oregon Zoo. Applicants, who are advised to pre-register and bring a resume, will be interviewed with a decision made on the same day, the article said. 

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Zombies strike again in hardware store video

BY Ken Clark

A short film about employees of an Ace hardware store and their theories about zombie battles received a definite thumbs down from Ace corporate’s Facebook page.

The video, which is described on YouTube as a Sundance Film Festival entrant, consists of several interviews of young Ace store employees who share their appreciation of zombie movies and the kind of products in an Ace store that could combat the undead monsters. 

Some were not amused.

Calling it "deplorable," a Facebook posting from Ace corporate criticized the video for its violent and anti-customer overtones. “We are aghast and outraged that these individuals used our nationally recognized brand in this film,” said the Facebook posting.

The short film, called “When the Zombies Come," is not the first time for an Ace store to embrace zombies. The 88-unit Westlake Ace Hardware chain used a zombie theme to promote its stores through a humorous campaign in 2010. A series of mock news casts posted on YouTube and Facebook described the Lenexa, Kan.-based chain as striving to serve customers both “alive and undead." 

Ace corporate recently purchased Westlake Ace from private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson and Morrison. 

Opinions expressed on Facebook differed greatly as to the appropriateness of the short film, with some endorsing it and others finding it distasteful.  

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Aubuchon Hardware closes its store in Bangor

BY Ken Clark

An Aubuchon Hardware location in Bangor, Maine, has closed its doors.

A sign on the door of the Aubuchon Hardware store in Bangor explained the team was happy to serve the community. Customers were directed to nearby stores in Brewer and Old Town. 

An article in the Bangor Daily News reported that the location suffered from poor sales despite the chain’s best efforts to keep it going.  

Aubuchon Hardware operates 119 stores in New England and is based in Westminster, Mass. In 2012, the company was recognized by HCN as Retailer of the year during the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony at the National Hardware Show.

The store, formerly a True Value location, was sold to Aubuchon Hardware in 2006.

 

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