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    Independent Hardware Stores Are More Than Surviving

    They’re hammering out a successful niche. While recent history has seen the megastore kill off the mom-and-pop and e-commerce overrun brick-and-mortar, the local DIY store has bucked every trend to become a rare Main Street mainstay, with half the home improvement market controlled by independent shops. By focusing on hyper-local and personalized services, such stores take advantage of the urgency of many hardware problems and customers’ need for friendly advice from an expert — though questions of succession make many family-run joints nervous.

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