The Aug. 28, 1978, issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, covered the National Hardware Show as it played out in Chicago’s McCormick Place.
The man-in-the-street interviews included Richard Cantley of Utica, Mich.-based Church’s Lumber Yards; Patrick Topin, of Rochester, N.Y.-based Chase-Pitkin; and Dale Graham, president of Wayne, N.J.-based Circle Building Supply.
Included in the article were paraphrased comments from a young general merchandising manger for Builders Emporium (West), who was looking for a kitchen cabinet supplier, and hoping to test both knock-down kits and assembled lines in its California stores.
The general manager’s name was Jim Sinegal, who a few years later in 1983 co-founded Costco Wholesale Company, and served as CEO until his retirement in 2010.
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