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Puppy Love: Event Unites Community

Customers at Jared’s Ace Hardware in Bishopville, S.C., know the store is pet-friendly, but recently the store took the concept to a whole new level, bringing in llamas, donkeys, goats and more. In September, store staff worked with a local …

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‘Tis the Season to Shop at Woodstock Hardware

The staff at Woodstock Hardware doesn’t want its customers to forget about the store during the holidays. And what better way to help them remember than by offering a holiday catalog full of store products that would be perfect in …

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Oh Baby! Retailer Launches Unique Boutique

Most consumers head online or to toy stores when they’re looking for gifts for babies or toddlers. But the residents of Dubuque, Iowa, go to Steve’s Ace. It might seem a little odd to go to a hardware store for …

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Remodeling Business Conditions Growing

Current and future remodeling business conditions continue to show growth, according to National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data. Quarter-over-quarter increases are evident in nearly all sub-components measuring remodeling activity. Entering into the holiday …

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True Value Reports Growth in Third Quarter

True Value reported revenue of $346.5 million, an increase of 2.0 percent or $6.9 million from $339.6 million a year ago. The company attributes the growth to its growing Destination True Value (DTV) retail footprint and increased wholesale sales; the …

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Rental on the Rise: How One Store Owner Built His Business

Recently, Brian Buswell, owner of All American Do it Center, talked with a contractor who wanted to buy an auger. The cost for the auger and bit would be about $1,500—a prohibitive price tag for a piece of equipment the …

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Retail Sales Up in September

Retail sales increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted from last month, and 3.8 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers stores’ sales also increased 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted. “Retailers witnessed a solid …

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Busy Beaver Bids Farewell to Filmeck, Welcomes New CEO

Frank Filmeck, longtime CEO of the Busy Beaver Building Centers chain, resigned from the company late last month. Joseph Kallen, a local business entrepreneur, will serve as the company’s new CEO. Busy Beaver Building Centers was founded in 1962 in …

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