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The Aubuchon Co. Acquires J.B. Hostetter & Sons

Jack and Kent Hostetter have agreed to sell J.B. Hostetter & Sons in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, to The Aubuchon Co., the oldest and largest family-owned hardware store chain in America. Following the closing later this year, The Aubuchon Co. will operate 112 stores in 9 states.

“For over 96 years, J.B. Hostetter & Sons has been a destination for customers in Mount Joy, Elizabethtown and northwest Lancaster County,” says William E. Aubuchon, IV, president and CEO of The Aubuchon Co. “The reason they have been so successful for all these years is their commitment to investing in their business and people.”

“Our knowledgeable and experienced team is how we provide outstanding customer service and value to our customers,” says Kent Hostetter, co-owner of J.B. Hostetter & Sons. “This has always been so important to our family because our customers are our friends and neighbors. We’re big in service. We fix things and help people. It’s the whole package. It’s a long-term relationship that we build with our customers.”

“Our business has undergone several changes since it began, including acquisitions, new locations and adding new products and services,” says Jack Hostetter, the other co-owner of J.B. Hostetter & Sons. “Now after 96 years, half of which has been under our leadership, it is time for us to take a step back and enjoy life with more than work.”
“We didn’t want to sell it to just anyone. We wanted to find the best fit for what our customers and staff have grown to expect and a business that really cares. We are very excited to announce that we have found another family business that cares about our mission,” Jack says. “Aubuchon Hardware has been operating since 1908 in the New England area, and they own over 100 stores from Maine to Virginia. They will be a wonderful fit to take over the business, and we are so excited to see how it grows and evolves.”
The store will continue to operate as J.B. Hostetter & Sons, and Kent will continue to be involved as a member of the Aubuchon team.
“We’ll soon be officially welcoming the J.B. Hostetter team to the Aubuchon family. We work hard, care for each other and have fun,” Aubuchon says. “We couldn’t be more excited to carry on the Hostetter legacy!”

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