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Ace Hardware Celebrates 90 Years in Business

The Southampton Center Store had its roots in Crockett.

Gene Pedrotti almost didn’t get a chance to run the family business.  “At 60 years, the plan was to close the store,” said Pedrotti who is the third generation  of Pedrotti family to manage the business started by his grandfather in Crockett.

My Uncle Al gave me two years of his retirement so I could finish college and take over running the store,” said Pedrottti who was studying accounting at Cal Berkeley.  He had intended to become a CPA.

The Benicia Herald reports that Pedrotti moved to Benicia in 1992 as his business continued to grow but Crockett started to decline.

Pedotti hosted a birthday party at his Martinez home last night.  As part of the celebration three spotlights were pointed skyward, one in Benicia, one in Crockett where the company started and one at his home.  The spotlights were a memorial to past employees who have died.

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Robert Livesay June 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Don I remember your father and uncle when they played football for the Alhambra Alumni. I beleive they played after Aldo Da Re. {Aldo Ray} I kinew Mario Da Re. Great athlets from Crocket.
Don Zampa June 26, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Robert, That's going back a while. My father will be happy to hear that someone has that good of a memory!
Robert Livesay June 26, 2012 at 08:47 PM
He was a good running back.
Clarissa Rivasplata July 01, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Oh, one other thing ... it's not just "blacks" who are unemployed, it includes brown, yellow, white, pink, purple, men, women, young, middle-aged and old people. With that spectrum of the rainbow and ages to choose from, an employer has their pick of the cream of the crop. It will take time to fix but it will be fixed if Americans are more aware of buying American products. Young people don't get in trouble because they don't have jobs, it's because their parents aren't paying attention to them or teaching them proper conduct and behavior. Young people can volunteer to get job experience, or do productive things rather than get into trouble or be counter-productive. It's up to the individual. You said it yourself in your own statements that there are many things that were invented by African-Americans. These people did innovative things DESPITE the color of their skin, even during times when they were not even considered people, but rather property. They did not sit around, whine and cry about how oppressed they were; they took it upon themselves to be the change they wanted to see. You ought to follow their lead.
Robert Livesay July 01, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Now Now Clarissa you just might get Bobby motivated. Good comment.

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