Hugh Durham was one of the 13 retail honorees on the stage during the True Value General Session in Houston, Texas, earlier this year when the moment arrived for the announcement of the first-ever, overall winner of the co-op’s “Best Hardware Store in Town” contest.

Durham, VP of True Value Home Center in Mystic, Conn., said it took a second or two for the honor to sink in.

“That blew me away,” Durham said. “When I was on the stage and I saw the results come out on the teleprompter, I thought: ‘Who else owns a hardware store in Mystic, Connecticut?’”

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