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Kenova Box to become Kenny Queen Hardware

May. 03, 2012 @ 10:45 PM

KENOVA -- A century-old business in Kenova is getting a new owner, a new name and a facelift.

Kenova Box, formerly owned by Stanley Wood, sold this week to co-owners Kenny Queen and sons Kent and Mark. The store, located at 625 Oak St., will now be known as Kenny Queen Ace Hardware. It is Queen's second store joining his first at 4350 5th Street Road near Lavalette.

"This is our first day out of the gate today," Queen said on Thursday. "Today is kind of fun because this is a new deal for me."

The 100-plus-year-old business was put up for sale last summer, Queen said, with negotiations on the buildings and land commencing shortly thereafter. Wood, Kenova Box's former owner, declined to comment for the story, but Queen acknowledged the difficult decision they faced to sell.

"Something like this is really hard to do. This business is basically 110 years old, going back to when the box company was out on the interchange," Queen said. "It's hard to let go. There's a lot of emotion to sell or not sell, but the family finally decided it was the right thing to do."

Queen said they are currently taking inventory of stock and will move everything into a shed on the property while they remodel the existing store with new shelving and lighting. The store will remain open throughout the renovations, which will conclude with a new facade and new merchandise.

The employees from the Kenova Box days were retained, Queen said, and he said they've all been receptive to the changes the Queen family wants to make.

"Nothing's different except the name," Queen said.

The manager at the Kenova location is Ryan Queen.

Store hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; however, Queen said those might be bumped up to a 7:30 a.m. opening to match the hours of his Lavalette location.

Kenny Queen Ace Hardware in Kenova can be reached by calling 304-453-1361.