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toy300.jpg Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 2:50pm.

A Wilmington man said he paid in advance for furniture from a local hardware store, and now he's worried he's being toyed with. Louis Chew wanted a nice wooden toy box for his four-year-old son Maximus. “Something that was going to last over the years, after he out grew the toy box, you know could always be a blanket trunk or something,” In early February, Chew and his wife bought an oak chest from an Ace Hardware store on Market Street. It was supposed to be delivered by February, but it still hasn't arrived. Renovation signs at the hardware store now have Chew worried he's being toyed with. “It's kind of scary with the economy you know some places are open today and gone tomorrow,” Chew said. Chew said he has visited the store several times, but hasn't seen any renovations, and the owner hasn't returned his calls. “We're kind of out the money now. So I don't know if he's coming back, if he's opening up, there's never anyone there. I mean if they were remodeling, doing that kind of stuff, it seems like someone should be there every day working on the building or something.” WWAY called Harold's, but got no answer. A spokesperson for Ace Hardware said the store was closed in early February. They've had several complaints about the storeowner and are working to resolve the problem. After this story first aired, WWAY received a call from the storeowner Richard Wilson. He said he was unaware Chew had not received a refund, and will refund the money for the toy box.

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