Just scored a set of 4 "Two Cherries" chisels at the local Ace
Hardware. I didn't know anything about them but thought the price -
about $40 - was cheap enough for the risk. Googled them when I got
home and found out this was a pretty good deal.
The reason they were so cheap is that the two Ace stores in town are
selling everything off and packing up. One is already closed - all
inventory moved to the second store. Second store will be gone by the
end of the month. There's a Harbor Freight across the street, and a
Wal Mart down the block. The store across town had a Lowes, a Home
Depot, and a Wal Mart to compete with. We've done literally thousands
of dollars (maybe tens of thousands) in the past two years from the
research project I'm working on. I hate to see the folks go; they've
become friends. They always greet us by name when we come in, and
willing to help, even with special order items. At other "big box"
stores, we just get blank looks - *when* you can find someone.
They've had a lot of stuff we needed: everything from nuts and bolts,
to pumps, paint, electrical hardware, and on and on. I guess we
helped put them in the red. Every time we would come in, they would
fire up the popcorn machine and make us a fresh batch. I always left
with four or five small paper sacks of popcorn to bring back to the
ladies in the office or students. I understand you have to keep your
business model cutting edge to stay in business, but I really hate to
see them shut down. Anyone interested in a good business investment?
Just a thought... see if they're willing to sell their paint shaker. 7 or 8
years ago, I bought one almost exactly like this one
for fifty bucks when one of our local Ace stores closed. It's turned out to be
one of the best tool purchases I've ever made.
That is a real Bummer. One of our Ace Hardware stores went under, but then
reopened. It has the best selection of plumbing necessaries and anything
else you might need. Was there just the other day for a couple O rings for
some aquarium stuff I was working on. Got the rings and a few other items
besides. The second local Ace store has been going strong for decades and
still seems to be doing OK. They have the best selection of nuts, bolts,
screws and what have you. I try to shop at both. They do have Big Box
competition, but their level of knowledge and service sets them way above.
Their hours are not the best, but since I retired that has made little
difference to me.
Next time you go back, pick up a handful of O-Rings to fit the shanks
of your router bits.
Slide O-Ring on shank of bit where shank meets bit.
It will prevent you from trying to fully seat a router bit, thus
allowing collet to grasp bit shank properly.
In our small town we have an Ace hardware that has been here for at least 30
years.Excellent stock and great employees with knoledge. Also a Home Depot
that came in town about 5 years ago. Also very nice helpfull employees. Both
of these stores have lumber also. A couple weeks ago a TruValue has opened.
Large store huge stock. All these stores have local employees so maybe that
why service is so good. WW
Our Home Depot is excellent as well. One person I hadn't seen in months
recognized me and asked how the ice rink turned out. I bought the wood
for it there two winters ago.
The local Ace is excellent. I rented a pressure washer last week, and
the owner was concerned about me getting my project done, allowing me to
return the pressure washer after hours. (Just so long as I had it back
before 10:00AM the next day, when it was scheduled to go out again.)
Never teach your apprentice everything you know.
I was in the family-owned local hardware store today and the lady who runs
the paint counter (who hadn't seen me in weeks) asked how our renovated
bedroom looks with the paint she and my wife told me I liked, and when we're
going to bring in pictures. Can you imagine that happening at Hell Depot or
any similar place? Can you imagine anyone at HD caring whether you put the
paint on the wall or drank it with a beer chaser?
Dang, our local place has a popcorn machine too. It must be something the
indy hardware shop association recommends.
I hate to see places like that close, but people want to save a few bucks by
shopping at the big-box store, and then they complain about all the jobs
I would not be so quick to blame the big box stores of killing off the Ace
We have a hardware store here that was barely hanging on. The owner figured
it was time to either lock the doors, or fight head on with the big boys, so
he moved into a building right next door to Menards. There is also a Lowes,
Home Depot, Walmart ,and Target within a mile of his store. He claims it was
the best thing he ever did. When customers get sick of buying low quality
import crap with no service from the big box stores they stop in and see him
and buy quality with service.
Yep. The owner of a sci-fi bookstore told me he'd love to be able to move
next to Barnes & Noble. "I got the books, new AND used, videos, games,
costumes, game pieces, posters, t-shirts, everything. You step up to the
counter and say 'I'm looking for a book about robots with a green cover' and
I say 'how many?' Over at the gox store it's 'hey man, if it's on the shelf
we got it' "
Ever notice how furniture stores and car dealerships conglomerate into one
area of town? It's not by accident or that they have no choice. It's better
to be where the people are than where they aren't. ;-)
Not here. They're both in a largish shopping center (Lowe's is actually on
the other side of the road). Big box paradise, as it were; Home Depot,
Target, Dick's, Kroger, Best Buy, Hobby Lobby, World Market, Old Navy, Office
Depot, The Home Depot, Books-A-Million, Petco, and a bunch more smaller
stores. They were in outdoor malls in NE Ohio, too. Maybe that's a regional
That's all part of a business model. If your brand is big enough to draw
customers all by itself, move out of the way and buy up way more land than
you need. Put in a big parking lot and sell/rent the lots on the outside.
Maybe even develop them a bit if no one's interested.
Never teach your apprentice everything you know.
In VT, WallyWorld shared the parking lot with HomeDespot. The history there
has something to do with it, however. The HD was supposed to be a Sams but it
was rejected, so HD took the space. Both are in the area with all the other
bog boxes. Here, they seem to have their own parking lot, but are in an area
with other stores. I know what you mean, though. A lot of WallyWorlds are
standing alone in the middle of a field.
They finished building a new CVS near me about two months ago... The local
paper reported they aren't going to actually open it for business until
2011... Makes you wonder about just how viable that store is!
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