Now that we know there really is a cabal, perhaps they could enlighten
Last fall when WWW went belly up, I recall several posts from some of the
guys that were hired on by the company that was buying up some of the WWW
properties. I think they said they were going to open 12 stores on the east
coast, starting in Connecticut.
Anyone ever hear anything more about a new chain of woodworking supply
stores starting up?
I live in CT but haven't heard of any new chains. Tools Plus in Waterbury I
know had something about welcoming WWW customers but as far as I know they
still only have the one store (and a nice one it is).
There's a Western Tool Supply or Western Tool Company or something like
that in the old WWW store in West Lebanon, NH.
No idea if it's a chain, but it'd be awfully odd to have "Western" in
the name of a store in NH if it weren't.
<<This must be it http://www.westerntool.com /. I sent them an email asking
if they're planning on opening stores in upstate NY area.>>
I went to the above link and looked for locations in New England. The one
they show for Manchester, NH is the former Woodworkers Warehouse.
To e-mail, replace "bucketofspam" with "dleegordon"
There are presently 13 Western Tool Supply stores in the northeast
now. When WWW went under, one of our middle managers, Karl Richter,
got together with the owner of the Western Tool Supply chain (about 40
stores in the northwest) and they grabbed up 13 of the best former WWW
locations. Since all these locations were leased, and by WWW breaking
the leases by going under, the owners of the properties were only too
happy to have another tenant take up the space so quickly. I went to
work for the new company for a while. At first working in the old
warehouse loading up trucks with goods for the new stores. Then later
I was on a team of a bunch of former WWW Managers and Asst. Managers
who were going to work for the new company. We went around to the
various locations and set up the new stores. We set up all the
shelves, built all the machinery etc., etc.
It was my intention to work in the new store in Old Saybrook, Ct.
However, this was a distance of 45 miles from my home. And with an 11
mpg F250 and a pay rate of 12 bucks an hour, I decided that the
economics of that gas situation were not in my best interests. :o)
I had another job offer to be the manager of a BMW repair garage only
6 miles from home...that opportunity won out!
The Northeast area locations are in Auburn, Augusta, Bangor and
Topsham, Maine, South Burlington, Vermont, Port Chester, New York,
Hyannis, Mass (WWW's top-grossing location), Old Saybrook,
Connecticut, and in Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Littleton and North
Conway, New Hampshire.
The feeling is that they may expand to more locations too as time goes
These are good stores, very similar in content to the old WWW stores,
but are slanted a bit more towards the contractor as opposed to the
home workshopper. They carry hard hats and ladders and stuff like that
in addition to the "regular?" stuff....
Prices are pretty good though...for example...I might buy a new Delta
X5 15" planer. It's usually $1199. Western's price is $1169.
BTW, anyone know where this unit is cheaper?
Hope this fills y'all in on the store developements.
(Former WWW AM).
Thanks for taking the time to post the update. I was hoping that it was
Auburn, NY where they had a store but it's in Maine. Glad to hear you found
a position after WWW closed but just how do they carry wood in those
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