We have but 1 single hardware store located whit in 45 miles of my house.The owner's son recently took on a true value contract.
OK, admittedly there really isn't a dime's worth of difference in a True value or an Ace hardware. so far as the line items either carry that would be of interest to me that is. Since I don't give a whiff for the house hold decorative stuff. When I head to the hardware store it is for nuts bolts fasteners of various configurations plumbing fittings electrical and possibly garden supplies.
Anyway our near by store has a limited amount of floor space as do many small town stores.
Chase is very attuned to this and has started to triple his line items by adding in roll a way vertical bin racks Except in the brass fitting bins he now has then mounted 5 deep which I find to be great since he can stock 4 times the amount of individual line items than his dad had carried the same goes for the electrical section. I'm just waiting to see if he can triple his specialty fasteners as well.
Every time I go in there I say Chase one of these days we are going ot have to have a roof raising ceremony and add a 2nd floor to this place.
He just says the month that our business quadruples our best month prior to the change over I may just do that.
So in a way he is attempting to Studley his store.
Also since the nearest tractor supply store is 40 miles away he carries a lot of what they carry in the agriculture department. I hope the young man does well.