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Handy Ace Hardware Will Be Rebuilt, Owners Say

Work will begin soon on a new building.

Joe Smith, co-owner of Handy Ace Hardware, has made it official: the store will rise from the ashes after Friday's huge fire.

"Yes, we are planning to rebuild, bottom line," said Smith yesterday, speaking to a reporter from CBS Atlanta.

An outpouring of support from the Tucker community for the store and its staff has taken Smith by surprise. "What makes our business is our employees. I mean, that's what everyone knows and the community is concerned about, so that's pretty special in itself," said Smith.

That spirit was evident again on Wednesday as local restaurants pitched in to feed workers clearing the site. Anita Stoltzfus posted on her Tucker Town Talk Facebook page: "Hats off to the Tucker Community! Positive news in the midst of the Ace Hardware fire sadness: Longhorn provided lunch for Ace on Monday. Roly Poly was providing lunch today. Chick-Fil-A at Tucker Station called me to see how they can help out. Greater Good is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 10. Thanks, y'all for your positive, pro-active spirit of community!"

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Sally January 04, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Great news. Tucker truly is a good community.
Liane Schleifer January 04, 2013 at 02:01 PM
So happy to hear that for the employees and the community! I'll be at the grand reopening.
skullcap January 04, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Anyone with an older intown residence ought to be interested in the survival of one of the last great hardware stores in the Atlanta area. Handy Hardware has always been one of those places where one finds the "tough-to-find" reproduction bits and pieces that are necessary to preserve old doors, windows, and many other functioning parts of older homes and buildings. I'm sure glad they are planning to rebuild what for many years has been an institution and great help in maintaining my old house.

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