Ace Hardware Opening Up in Historic Buffalo Building

April 20, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 20, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - In the late 1800's 22 Summer Street used to be a horse barn. The horses were used by the fire department and the department of public works. When called upon they were transported next door to the current Benjamin Moore Schuele Paint Company where they were hooked onto carriages before heading out to a call.

Paul Leahey, owner of Schuele Paint and Ace Hardware, says they discovered what the building was during construction.

"there was grooved concrete in the middle of the floor which is indicative of what they put in barns so the animals don't slip," Leahey said.

The 3,000 square foot store project had a price tag of $500,000 and will hire 10 new employees. Shelves will be installed next week with an opening planned for Memorial Day.

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