Hardware Retailing

FEB 2017

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HARDWARE RETAILING | February 2017 106 Last Word Love and Hardware T he February issue of Hardware Retailing seems just the right time for telling a hardware love story. February is not only the month of Valentine's Day, but it's also the month retailers Michael and Jackie Sacks got married in 2006. The couple's story starts like this: Jackie interviewed for a job at Round Top Mercantile in Round Top, Texas, when she was 16 years old. On that January day in 2000, her life plans included graduating from high school and becoming a teacher. She never dreamed she would fall in love with the boss's son at the home improvement and grocery store or go on to work there for the next 17 years. She just wanted to earn money to buy gas for her pickup truck. But when Jackie walked into Round Top Mercantile for her job interview, her future husband was leaning against the store counter. Michael Sacks was seven years older, a new college graduate and the owners' son. Seventeen years later, Jackie and Michael Sacks are celebrating their 11-year wedding anniversary and own and operate Round Top Mercantile together. "It was really magic," Jackie says. "It just happened." In the Beginning When Jackie got the job at the store, Michael became one of her supervisors. They didn't talk much and weren't friends for nearly two years, Jackie says. "I had no intentions," Jackie says. "I didn't ever really imagine dating the boss's son. That was kind of off-limits." At the time, their work relationship was too distant for them to realize they had many interests in common. However, in December 2001, Jackie learned they both wanted to attend a high school football playoff game in Houston. As a friendly move, she suggested they go together and bought tickets for the two of them. Michael and Jackie Sacks, who together own and operate Round Top Mercantile in Round Top, Texas, met at the store in 2000 when Jackie was 16 years old.

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