Hardware Retailing

OCT 2017

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October 2017 | HARDWARE RETAILING 67 Cowls Building Supply Amherst, Massachusetts Cowls Building Supply has been a family-owned and -operated business since 1741, predating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This lumber and building materials business has three centuries of experience and has remained in the same location since it was founded. The family purchased several timberlands, winning awards for sustainability and forest stewardship. Today, the ninth generation of owners continues that legacy, offering many products and services and setting goals for sustainable forestry and land conservation. Van Tuyl & Fairbank Heavy Hardware Petrolia, Ontario, Canada Van Tuyl & Fairbank Heavy Hardware has been in existence since 1865, yet the operation is always looking for ways to stay current and unique. In 2010, the store installed solar panels on the roof to seek alternative energy opportunities. Artwork is also a passion that the company has embraced. You can even see an installation on the roof of a traditional horse carriage being pulled, which represents the early years of the business. Tupelo Hardware Tupelo, Mississippi Before he was a household name, Elvis Presley went with his mother to Tupelo Hardware, hoping to get a rifle for his 11th birthday. When his mother said no, he picked up his first guitar, and the King was born. The store welcomes Elvis fans on a regular basis, as tourists stop in when they visit the King's hometown. They even sell memorabilia, like guitar picks, harmonicas, guitars, T-shirts and hats. In addition to its place in pop culture, the business has been open for more than 90 years, specializing in mill and industrial supply, small engine parts and hardware. 4 6 5

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