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Posted on: May 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Hardware Plus Serving Customers During Pandemic

By David Nordby, The Brillion NewsApril 30, 2020

BRILLION – Hardware Plus has, been a hotspot during the coronavirus pandemic. Customers, ranging from familiar faces to first timers, are relying on the store to supply their various projects they are working on during the social distancing period.

When Governor Tony Evers announced social restrictions last month, the store was initially deemed nonessential. That was quickly changed. “Hardware stores are more than just hardware stores sometimes in small towns. You look at us with seed potatoes and garden seeds all the way to plumbing and electrical to small engine repair,” Mike Buboltz, who owns the store with his wife, Joy, said.

Mike says that people working from home, laid off or furloughed quickly needed projects to work on. Painting is at the top of that list. “Painting has just been soaring

through the roof for us with this pandemic … We mix almost 20 gallons of paint a day,” Mike said. Mike says that fresh paint can make the house feel fresh.

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