Lee Hardware has been in business since the 1940s and will continue as True Value store.
LEE, Mass. — Carr Hardware announced on Monday that it expects to close on its acquisition of Lee Hardware on Sept. 27.
Carr Hardware will continue operating as Lee Hardware True Value with no interruption in service.
In business since the 1940s, Joseph Scapin Jr. has owned and been running the Lee store since 1991 and will stay on to ensure a smooth transition.
"In making this decision, it was important that the qualities I value for my employees, customers and community continue. I am confident that uniting our two family business legacy will do just that. It has been an amazing 30 years with the support from the community and employees of Lee Hardware," Scapin said. "I am honored to have served your families and businesses over the years and am looking forward to some new life adventures, including seeing you while shopping at the store."
The store will retain management, store personnel, and shoppers will still find brands like Benjamin Moore, Scotts, Weber, Husqvarna and more.
Down the street, Carr Hardware will also continue to operate a sister location. With plans to increase and differentiate products in both hardware stores, customers will have a broader range of shopping opportunities, said Carr Hardware President Bart Raser
"I have enormous admiration for Joey, Courtney and their family's business. We have been respectfully competing for 80 years. They run a great community focused store with strong brands and friendly local folks — both of which will continue," he said. "Leveraging our strengths, the amazing staff and expanding the business will bring more offerings, a well-organized shopping experience, and even better pricing."
Carr Hardware has been in business for nearly a century. It was purchased in 1962 by the Raser family and now has stores Pittsfield, Lee, Lenox, Great Barrington, North Adams and Springfield and in Avon and Enfield in Connecticut.
It was named the National Independent Small Business of the Year in 2017; National LED Retailer of the Year in 2016; featured on CBS' "Undercover Boss" and has been voted Best of the Berkshires 23 years in a row. More information about Carr Hardware is available at: www.carrhardware.com.
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to email@example.com.
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue. Name-calling, personal attacks, libel, slander or foul language is not allowed. All comments are reviewed before posting and will be deleted or edited as necessary.
Great Barrington To Host American Rescue Plan Act Funds Meeting
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Select board will hold a public meeting Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. to receive residents' input on how to best deploy more than $2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The meeting will be held via Zoom and will be posted on the town calendar for Nov. 1.
Half of this funding has already been received by the town, but it is not yet allocated. The remainder comes in 2022.
Use of these ARPA funds ($2,075,908 for Great Barrington) is not expected to be subject to a town meeting vote. But town leaders seek public feedback on best uses for the funds.
In coming weeks flowering plants will be installed at the base of the town’s sentinel of about 80 deciduous trees, mostly on Main Street. Flowers ranging from black chokeberry to foxglove, aster, orange butterfly weed, lupine and blue vervain are among the many varieties in the mix of new... click for more
Owners Steven and Trent Kinney decided to expand the Great Barrington candy operation when a storefront on the street that was famously captured by painter Norman Rockwell in "Home For Christmas" became available.
click for more
It took more than a decade, two governors, a "tenacious" lieutenant governor, and a collaboration between communities and utilities to finally bring the promise of "last mile" broadband to this small hilltown. The first customers went on line in June and the entire project is expected to be... click for more