If you, the Hesperia consumer, think a better deal is to be had at one of the "big box" stores, such as Home Depot or Lowe's, Chris Hunt, manager of H & E begs to differ with you.

Chris says, "We have trained specialists who can help you with completing projects from A to Z," and customer service specialists with up to 26 years experience - 25 of them at the Hesperia store. "As opposed to the kids at the "big box" stores, who can't even tell you where the shopping carts, are." Or give the customer seasoned advice on how to complete a project.

Yes, Hesperia's own H & E Do It Yourself Center, in the Albertsons Shopping Center at Main and "C" has been doing exactly this for almost 20 years, since 1988. And Chris Hunt has been at the helm for the past 8 years. "We've been number one for four to five years now," and one of Hesperia's leading businesses.

H & E was started about 25 years ago by Herb an Ed Stein, who had their own vision of what a hardware store should be like. There were six stores, Hesperia being the last to open, and the only one remaining.

Whether you are shopping for tools, hardware, paint (they mix custom colors), plumbing, flooring, electrical, building materials of all types, gardening, garage kits and sheds, or furniture - H & E has it all in its own 53,000 square foot warehouse, and will even deliver it to you.

Their "strategy" (over the "big box" stores) in that H & E has experienced specialists to help you and they are not confined to only one or two manufactures. They do a lot of custom orders and have a broader selection than most other hardware stores.

So the next time you're in the market for hardware or a do-it-yourself project or repairs, try H & E first. You'll be very glad you did! Congratulations to Chris Hunt, for being our latest "Business Star of the Month."