The Linden Hills hardware store looks for ways to stay competitive.
Following the news this summer that a second hardware store—Settergren's Ace Hardware—was moving into Linden Hills, Bob Bayers started to look for ways to stay competetive. The answer? Groceries and conviniences. After converting part of his storage area into space for merchandise, the owner of Bayers Do It Best brought in coolers and an array of sacks and food items to fill about 1/5 of his shop. Residents can now pick up everything from Ben and Jerry's to a loaf of bread at the new section of Bayers' shop, which he's dubbed "The Pantry." Bayers said he was particularly proud of the wide array of cane sugar sodas, D.L. Jardines salsas and barbeque sauces, and tabasco hot sauce products he now carries.