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For hardware stores, ‘green means green’

Shops brace for rush as winter loosens grip

Garry Robinson, owner of Robinson Hardware on Western Avenue in Albany, fixes a window screen on Thursday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Garry Robinson, owner of Robinson Hardware on Western Avenue in Albany, fixes a window screen on Thursday.
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Garry Robinson is looking forward to green grass, green leaves and green layers in his cash register. Robinson, who owns Robinson’s Hardware on Western Avenue in Guilderland, expects warmer temperatures will inspire people to improve homes and yards — and begin a rush to hardware and home improvement stores. “As crazy as it sounds, all our fertilizer and topsoil is in — we had 18 pallets come in this morning,” Robinson said last week. Lawn ...


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