Hardware set to reopen with new owners at a new location in Lincoln
Bishop Hardware &
Supply Inc. will be opening an Ace Hardware store in Lincoln in the
fall of 2003. The local store, the eighth for Bishop Hardware, will
be located at 521 N. Kickapoo, currently the Moose Lodge building.
Bishop Hardware is a
family-owned-and-operated business with its headquarters in
Springfield. The new Lincoln store will employ approximately 20
people and will feature convenient and knowledgeable customer
service. The store's slogan will be "The Helpful Place." The
merchandise selection will focus on paint, tools, electrical
plumbing, fasteners, housewares, and lawn and garden products.
Bishop Hardware's current store
locations are in Carlinville, Havana, Jacksonville, Normal,
Taylorville and two sites in Springfield. Plans are for the new store in Lincoln
to be open in late October and to open several more stores next year in the central Illinois area.
Ace Hardware Corporation is a
cooperative of 5,000 retailers, each individually owned. Ace is the
largest hardware cooperative in the United States, and Bishop
Hardware is one of the top 20 Ace store operators.
"We are excited and happy to be
coming to Lincoln, Ill. As soon as we found out this territory was
available, we started looking for a location here." -- George W.
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"Everyone we have met here is
friendly. It's working with the local people that adds to our
excitement. To take care of the needs of Lincoln, we're completely
remodeling the building as well as adding a garden center and
storage area." -- Lucy Bagot, executive vice president.
"This announcement today is one
of the highlights of my time as the new director of economic
development. The EDC, the chamber and I have
all worked with Lucy and Ace Hardware since my first few days on the
job. We are certainly excited to welcome the Preckwinkle family to
our community. We are indeed hopeful that this will be the
first business of many to locate in Logan County this year." --
Jeff Mayfield, economic development director
People interested in
more information can contact Lucy Bagot, Executive Vice President,
Bishop Hardware & Supply, Inc., 214 N. Walnut St. Springfield IL
62702; phone (217) 529-5673.