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Kate Klein

Kate Klein
Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

What’s New at Ace Hardware’s Spring Show

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Ace Hardware Corp. is hosting its third fully virtual convention this week, providing retailers with special pricing on products, networking opportunities and training sessions. The digital show is modeled after Ace’s in-person events, which have been important gatherings for retailers …

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Lumberyard Becomes a Destination for Unique Projects

Shapard Lumberyard

Tim Owens, a craftsman on staff, has shifted his responsibilities so he can focus entirely on custom woodcutting and making furniture, including tables, bookshelves and fireplace mantles. “Lumber and building materials have risen drastically in price, so customers are looking …

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Overcoming the Odds

Charlston Austin and Warren Pegram

Charlston Austin and Warren Pegram knew their plan to open their first store in April 2020 and then four other locations in successive years was ambitious, but their new business launch was much different than they expected. The owners of …

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Westlake Ace Acquiring 2 Washington Stores

Westlake Ace

Westlake Ace Hardware has announced it will acquire Town Center Hardware, which has two locations in Washington. Town Center Hardware has one location in Kirkland, Washington, and another in Lake Forest Park, Washington. When the sale is finalized March 8, …

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Foster Farrar Co. Has Served Customers During More Than 220 Years of U.S. History

Foster Farrar

George Washington was still president when Foster Farrar Co. opened in 1796, just prior to John Adams taking office as the nation’s second president. The business started out selling blacksmith supplies near its current location in Northampton, Massachusetts. Today, it …

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Ace International Replaces Retiring Company President

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Ace Hardware Corp. announced Jan. 25 that Ace International is replacing its retiring president and general manager in April. Jay Heubner, current president and general manager of Ace Hardware’s international subsidiary, will retire March 1 after 38 years with the …

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Mark’s Ace Organizes Project to Help Homeless

Mark's Ace Hardware

Mark’s Ace Hardware, which has three stores in Tucson, Arizona, has donated supplies to help the local homeless population for three years, but the community’s support grew significantly in 2020. General manager Camille Gibson wanted the stores to help people …

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NHPA Board Members Started as Outstanding Young Retailers

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Before becoming members of the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) board of directors, the following four retailers were developing notable careers in the industry and getting recognized for their accomplishments. Jackie Sacks of Round Top Mercantile in Texas …

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