Busy Beaver expands in Ohio

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Busy Beaver expands in Ohio

By HBSDealer Staff - 05/20/2019
Pittsburgh-based Busy Beaver – the “neighborhood home improvement center” chain – announced that it has “assumed ownership” of Three Sons' True Value Hardware in Minerva, Ohio.

This move comes during what has already been a busy 2019 for Busy Beaver.

The Ohio store will be re-branded as True Value of Minerva and is Busy Beaver's 24th location in its portfolio of stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.  This is also the third True Value branded store. Busy Beaver joined the True Value co-op in 2015.

Terms of this deal were not disclosed.

“We're thrilled to become a part of the Minerva community and to build on the legacy of this store as the premier hardware retailer in the area. At True Value of Minerva, customers can expect to continue enjoying the outstanding, friendly service and full line of products that Three Sons' True Value became known for. In addition, customers will also benefit from our “We Care” pledge, which is an unwavering commitment among all our employees to provide legendary customer service and expert assistance,” said Joe Kallen, CEO of Busy Beaver.

Owners Dave and Lori Ables started Three Sons' Hardware in 1974. In 1998, they moved the business to a newly built store at its current location. In 2013, the store was completely renovated to the Destination True Value format.

In 2014, they expanded their product line and added an outdoor Garden Center with bagged mulch and live plants in a greenhouse. The store includes 15,000 square feet of interior retail space with a warehouse, office, and the greenhouse.

The store will be Busy Beaver's fifth location in Ohio. The retailer just announced the May 24 opening of a new store in the Calcutta/East Liverpool area and has been operating other locations in Ashtabula, Canton, and Salem.

In addition to the recent opening of Elkins, Wa. and its upcoming Calcutta, Ohio opening, Busy Beaver said it is expanding its footprint into central Pennsylvania with openings planned for Chambersburg and Red Lion, Pa. this fall.

Busy Beaver has more than 550 employees.