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Stihl Hardware All Stars: Conn., Del., Iowa

BY HBSDealer Staff

It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.

Since 2011, HBSDealer has reached out to suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, vendors, retailers and homeowners in search of high-performing, service-oriented, community-minded hardware store, lumberyard or farm and ranch dealers worthy of All-Star status.

It’s a tribute to this industry that each year brings a surplus of high-quality nominations. The companies profiled have earned their place on the list of 50 — one from each state. And they join an elite fraternity of honorees.

Here’s to the class of 2017. And here are three more stars worth gazing at.

Connecticut
True Value of Litchfield
True Value of Litchfield underwent a conversion in 2012 that continues to pay dividends. And the sales floor is covered in a building with significant curb appeal. But co-owner Roger Mahieu Jr. gives credit where credit is due: “Our customers have made us who we are today, with their loyalty and their suggestions,” he said. “In fact, we have comment cards, and we took a lot of them into consideration when we upgraded to Destination True Value. And it really paid off.”

Delaware
True Value Wilmington
True Value Wilmington’s Thomas Veasey is a big believer in customer convenience. “That’s why we work pretty hard to keep enough cashiers on call, and we have a lot of people on the floor,” he told HBSDealer. The store has been in the Veasey family since 1984, fending off bigger competitors. Second-generation owners Jason and Theresa Veasey have high expectations for 2017, as a store renovation that began in January nears completion.

Iowa
Lockridge Inc.
Five members of the Housh family keep 4 locations humming – Dale Housh, his wife Jill, sons Clint and Caleb (who also serves the community as mayor of Seymour, Iowa) and daughter Courtney. Together they help run a business that has grown from a small hardware store and lumber yard into a local leader in supplying materials for new home construction, remodeling, and farm and fencing. No detail is too small, including installation of solar panels on one of the store’s roofs.

See the full Class of 2017 All Stars  — presented by Stihl — in the May issue of HBSDealer.

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Stihl Hardware All Stars: Ariz., Ark., Ga.

BY HBSDealer Staff

It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.

Since 2011, HBSDealer has reached out to suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, vendors, retailers and homeowners in search of high-performing, service-oriented, community-minded hardware store, lumberyard or farm and ranch dealers worthy of All-Star status.

It’s a tribute to this industry that each year brings a surplus of high-quality nominations. The companies profiled have earned their place on the list of 50 — one from each state. And they join an elite fraternity of honorees.

Here’s to the class of 2017. And here are three more stars worth gazing at.

Arizona
Ace Hardware (22nd Street) of Tucson
Neon signage isn’t the only impressive collection in this store, the first Ace west of the Mississippi River. The 37,000-sq.-ft. honoree offers a world-class fasteners department, a woodworking and custom cabinetry workshop, and a hobby shop. Joe and Toni Findysz have also made room for a 10000-sq.-ft. housewares department. The store earned a coveted Ace “Coolest Hardware Stores” award in 2016.

Arkansas
Whit Davis Lumber Plus
This versatile home improvement All Star — with the slogan: “the Plus is Service” — has built its reputation in the Little Rock area for more than 60 years, and expanded with a fourth location in 2015. Specializing in garage door installation, zero-mess insulation, gutters and more, the company points to a staff with hundreds of years of experience in the industry for those building a new home or improving their existing home.

Georgia
Islands Ace Hardware
Whether a customer stops in for a 20-cent bolt or a $2,000 lawn tractor, they get treated as a special guest at this “cool” Ace Hardware store in Savannah known for eclectic items, from fishing bait and crab traps to perfumes. Owner Randy West, who opened the business 10 years ago, has a post office on premises to encourage gift-giving. In its expansive garden center, customers can interact with skilled gardeners to find the right item.

See the full class — presented by Stihl — in the May issue of HBSDealer.

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Stihl Hardware All Stars: Ala., Alaska, Calif.

BY HBSDealer Staff

It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.

Since 2011, HBSDealer has reached out to suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, vendors, retailers and homeowners in search of high-performing, service-oriented, community-minded hardware store, lumberyard or farm and ranch dealers worthy of All-Star status.

It’s a tribute to this industry that each year brings a surplus of high-quality nominations. The companies profiled have earned their place on the list of 50 — one from each state. And they join an elite fraternity of honorees.

Here’s to the class of 2017. And here's three stars worth gazing at.

Alabama
Anders Hardware
A classic store on Main Avenue in historic downtown Northport. Some of the features harken back to opening day in 1909, including original shelving and three 100-year-old  carousel-style nail bins. Still going strong, the retailer expanded to a Tuscaloosa location in 2002, serving the needs of the college town and the Universtiy of Alabama.

Alaska
The Lumberyard

It’s one thing operating a lumberyard in four reasonable seasons. But in Bethel, old man winter is a much larger presence. The Lumberyard in Bethel has learned to work through some tough conditions. And this All Star and Orgill customer is noted for its resourcefulness and efficiency, using custom-built containers for orderly storage and protection of all of its building material products.

California
Miner’s Ace Hardware
The San Luis Obispo location of this seven-store California institution embraces its history as a rail and stagecoach station. It’s also a color-drenched destination for lawn and garden, and outdoor living. “I don’t think it’s any secret, when we compete with the big boxes, we make strides with our service and our people,” said president Paul Filice. Staff name badges include years of service — none more tenured than employee Wally Lewis, who earned a Lifetime Acheivement Award with 56 years and counting on the job.

See the full Class of 2017 All Stars  — presented by Stihl — in the May issue of HBSDealer.

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