The Erie Times-News, Time Warner Cable and other sponsors awarded Kraus Department Store, a PRO Hardware retailer in Erie, Pa., with the "2012 Commitment to Erie" award for businesses with fewer than 25 employees.
The retailer was honored for its commitment to customers, the region and its employees. The store's slogan is, "If we don't have it, you don't need it."
Kraus, which was one of 115 nominees, has been in business for 126 years. It opened in 1886, one year before Sears.
Kraus Department Store's Lou Ann Nowosielski and her grandson Adam Nowosielski accepted the award during the ceremony at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie Sept. 19.
"We try to serve the people. You know that. We're proud of it," Lou Ann Nowosielski said while accepting the award. "And we're glad to have the pe