Volume 415, Issue 6 - August 2006

Big Box Bulletin

Ace Hardware Opens New Washington Distribution Center 

Ace Hardware celebrated the opening of its new Washington Retail Support Center (RSC) in Moxee, Wash., on June 10. The occasion kicked off the third coast-to-coast “Tour de Kids” ride to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals.
The company says the new facility will serve an estimated 337 Ace retailers throughout the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Located on a 74-acre site near the intersection of Highway 24 and Interstate 82, the center features the latest in warehousing and distribution technology and houses 90 dock doors and an estimated $47 million in inventory. 

It replaces Ace’s existing 506,500-square-foot retail support center in Yakima, just 10 miles away, which has been operating beyond capacity. At 788,000 square feet, the new Washington RSC is designed to accommodate more growth and is expandable to 1.2 million square feet.

The new center served as a ceremonial launch site for the relay team of nearly 50 Ace Hardware “Helpful Riders.” They will bike from the Pacific coast to the waters of the Atlantic from June 18 to Aug. 20 to raise $1 million for CMN, whose affiliations include Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and 169 other children’s hospitals across the country.


Barton’s Buys Grossman’s

E.C. Barton & Co. (Barton’s), a Jonesboro, Ark.-based building materials, lumber and home improvement company, recently purchased Grossman’s Bargain Outlet, a 56-chain company in Ohio and the Northeast, according to a recent article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Financial details of the purchase were not disclosed by the company.

Barton’s operates 122 locations and employs more than 1,300 people. Before the acquisition, the company had 66 locations.

84 Lumber Adds Gulf Coast Region

84 Lumber Co. has created its ninth region, the Gulf Coast region, which encompasses stores and operations from Pensacola, Fla., west along the Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and north Texas Gulf Coast. The region also includes southwest Tennessee and central Arkansas.

Under the leadership of regional vice president Mike Lyons, The Gulf Coast will focus primarily on the growth and rebuilding of the devastated coastal areas in southern Louisiana and Mississippi, and the continued rebuilding efforts in Alabama and the Florida panhandle. The region currently consists of 18 stores, including new stores in Piperton, Tenn., Moss Point, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Lafayette and Hammond, La. The company’s Gulf Coast recovery office is located in Baton Rouge, La. The region was previously part of the Midwest region managed by Lyons.

As part of the regional realignment, Jamie Brown has been appointed regional vice president of 84 Lumber’s Midwest region, which includes 40 stores in Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas. Brown is currently the 84 Lumber area manager of the year and a former central Florida area manager.

Also in company news, Joe Hardy, founder of 84 Lumber Co. in 1956, detailed the challenges and successes that the company has faced over the past 50 years on ABC Television’s 20/20. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 

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