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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994 - 37 Bests' Store halfway through changeover to Ace Hardware and Garde] Center By Dennis Forney Bests' Store at Five Points is about halfway through its changeover to Bests' Ace Hard- ware and Garden Center. Two months from now, new signs (inside and out) should be up, all shelves installed and stocked, floor tiles replaced, and promotions underway to complete the transition from grocery and hardware to pure hardware. Representatives from Ace, the national buying cooperative sup- plying and advising the Best fami- ly and their employees, have been in the store this week helping with the changeover. "This is a retrofit to make this an Ace store of the future," said Terry Wilson, a retail develop- ment manager for Ace. "Ace has 14 distribution centers across the country. This store is in the Balti- more region serving the mid- Atlantic states. We're currently doing about 30 to 40 of these retrofits a year in this region and 12-15 new stores." All Ace stores are independent- ly owned, according to Wilson. "Ace stores are convenience hardware stores," he said. "They're kind of like what conveL nience stores are to supermarkets. We don't want our customers tied up in long lines. We emphasize breadth of product and service - the hard core hardware line. We're here for the do-it-your- selfer who has limited time, needs to buy some items, and wants to get the job done." Randy Best, one of the owners of Bests' Ace Hardware and Gar- den Center, said he's pleased with the way hardware sales have held up during the changeover. "Peo- ple may not see as many cars here as they used to but many of those cars belonged to employees, We've dropped in employees from 50 to 20." Best said when the changeover is complete, customers will notice a well-organized, open store that's welHighted and well-signed. "There will be signs on all the aisles and signs on the walls around the store helping people find different items. Saleitems will be featured at the end of each aisle and new sales circulars will be distributed each month. It will be appealing to ladies as well as men. There are more and more single parent households and men and women both are,shopping hardware stores." Long-time customers will notice that Bests' Store appears larger inside now than it did before the changeover began. A Dennis Forney photo Randy Best (l), Terry Wilson of Ace, Jeff Feltey, visual mer- chandiser for Ace, and (in rear) Bests' Ace Hardware and Gar- den Center Manager Don Polite stand among new shelves. REPRODUCE YOUR PHOTOS in Fort COLOR available at mr. COPY YOUR FULL SERVICE COPY CENTER Mon. - Fri. 8:30 - 5:30 4155 Highway One Sat. 9:00 - 4:00 Rehoboth Beach, DE Fax Service: 227-4669 227-4666 block wall that used to separate -the inside portion of the garden center from the hardware area has been removed to provide a more open feel. Best said the store parking lot will be getting new lighting to add to the attractiveness of the facility. He said work has also begun on expanding and better organizing the store's garden center. "We want that to be an even bigger part of our operation than it has been in the past." The rear entrance to Bests' Store, in particularly bad shape now due to heavy truck traffic and freezing weather, will be relocat- ed. The Rt. 9 entrance and exit, said Best, will be aligned with the crossover that will feed traffic from Rt. 285 and Rt. 275 onto Rt. 9. ATTENTION FLOORCOVERING BUYERS! There's a truly authentic way of buying any floorcovering (carpet, sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, wood flooring, etc.) at WHOLESALE cost. We are CARPETS DIRECT and we're located on Rt. 1 across from Burger King and McDonald's in Rehoboth. We're open Mon.-Fri. 9-6 and Sat. 10-3. However, we will come to your home or place of business to price .0.D_Y floorcovering installation you have in mind, and that's always a free service! Professional INCOME TAX PLANNING & PREPARATION Individuals & Businesses :, ii i iii!'.' i ii i i=, ii ii": ii i:/.:/=:.iiiiii :. i iiiiii iiii!! !,iii!iii!i!!iliii iiililiiiiiiiii iiliiii iiiiiii ii iiiiiiiiiiii i i iiiiiiiii iiii i ii i iiii i i'=i!i == ii ! i "ii : !i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!iiii!i iHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i i Offices of L. Thomas Miller Certified Public Accountant 1014 Highway One, Lewes, DE 19958 645-6216 Presentin00 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED Phase V, Building E JACK LINGO REALTOR REHOBOTH 246 REHOBOTH AVENUE 227-3883 / 800-345-3469 LEWES 1240 KINGS HmHWAY 645-2207 / 800-331-4241 MILLSBORO 234 W. DUPONT HIGHWAY 934-3151 "i