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Business Beat: Hardware store celebrates grand opening

Nov. 08, 2012 @ 12:06 AM

Kenny Queen Ace Hardware is hosting a grand opening beginning today for its new store in Kenova.

Located along U.S. 60 across from McDonald's, the store is in the former spot of Kenova Box, which was purchased by Kenny Queen last spring.The new owners retained all the employees who wanted to stay and continued retail operations in a smaller building next door as the building was renovated.

The newly renovated store opened last week, and a grand opening is planned Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8 through 10, during which it's offering giveaways for the first people through the doors each day and discounts. Guests can also register for a $100 gift card.

The 13,000-square-foot store is owned by the Kenny Queen family, which includes Kenny and his wife, Susan, and sons Kent and Mark Queen. They also run Kenny Queen Hardware in Lavalette.

The store sells items typically found in a hardware store, from electrical and plumbing equipment to lawn and garden supplies, power equipment and cleaning supplies. It also sells lumber and animal feed.

Popular brand names that can be found there are Benjamin Moore paints, Craftsman tools and more.

While it does not manufacture metal roofing there like it does in Lavalette, the new store can service metal roofing, Mark Queen said.

SENSITIVE SANTA: Local businesses are teaming up with area malls to offer "Sensitive Santa" opportunities for children with autism and other sensory-related disorders.

The Huntington Mall and JeffersonWhitney have teamed up to bring a Special Santa to the mall from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in Center Court, and will continue at this time and location each Saturday in December until Christmas. Santa's tree will not be lit, the music will be off, and there will be a sensory friendly play area for the children as they wait. Each child will receive a free photo and gift.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20, in the Huntington Mall community room, JeffersonWhitney will be hosting a special Family Fun night for entire families with children who have autism. It's meant as a networking opportunity to meet other families coping with the same issues. JeffersonWhitney will also have resources available for families with children who have special needs. The event will include a movie, sensory fun area, arts and craft area, snacks, a free train ride around the mall, and a special visit from Santa. RSVP for this event by calling 304-733-0492 ext. 104 or 304-397-6517.

ASHLAND SENSITIVE SANTA: In partnership with Worldwide Photography, the Ashland Town Center Mall is offering a sensitive Santa opportunity for families of children with autism, planned for 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

For the event, the Santa area will have dimmer lights and quieter music, and staff will be instructed to avoid loud, distracting movements. The mall will be closed to shoppers.

Each family will receive a free 4-by-6 photo keepsake to commemorate the holiday season.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.

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