Westminster, Mass.-based Aubuchon Hardware, an independent chain of 126 hardware stores in the northeastern United States, will accept the Home Channel News Retailer of the Year award during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
The award is part of the 28th Annual Golden Hammer Awards, which will take place May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
As an independent hardware chain that operates its own distribution center, Aubuchon is a rarity in the home improvement industry.
“Aubuchon is one of the most interesting retailers in all of America,” said Ken Clark, editor of Home Channel News. “They’ve maintained their independent roots for more than 100 years while expanding well beyond 100 stores.”
According to CEO M. Marcus Moran Jr., the award “is such a positive endorsement of all our hard-working employees, loyal vendors and dedicated family members. Though we have plenty more goals to achieve in our strategic plan, so much has already been accomplished.
“Our founding fathers would be very proud. We are looking forward to the National Hardware Show and bringing back the Golden Hammer to our faithful employees," he said.
The company’s founders began their journey in 1908 when William E. Aubuchon Sr. established a hardware store in Fitchburg, Mass. Today, the company’s footprint expands beyond Massachusetts to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut and New York.
The century-old company has also shown digital savvy. Aubuchon’s hardwarestore.com division was an early pioneer in retail e-commerce.
Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony, which will also include the Home Channel Hall of Fame induction of Bob Taylor, Do it Best Corp. CEO.