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Special Reports

The Year of the Hardware Store

They don’t make hardware stores like they used to. They make them better. Here are some stories of high performance from the front lines. 

How the West was won: A Q&A with Ken Dunham

He (literally) wrote the book on West Coast lumber — "The Legacy of Lumber: A History of the Lumber Industry in California & the West."


From the Editor

New Year's resolution: More people, more stories

It's a people business. That's why HBSDealer's editor in chief has vowed to talk to more people and tell their stories in the print and digital pages of HBSDealer. Here's one centered on the magazine's newest hire, LBM editor Andy Carlo.


News + Analysis

Under Crescent, five brands become one

The hand tool brand recently unveiled a new brand identity with an updated logo, color palette and product design — all intended for use with Crescent's existing product offering and products from Lufkin, Wiss, Nicholson and H.K. Porter.

Home Depot's softer side

The world's largest home improvement retailer has acquired The Company Store from Hanover Direct, effectively expanding its linen and home décor offering. 

Busy Beaver lives up to its name

The Pittsburgh-based retailer plans to open five new home centers throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

A first for 84 Lumber: a $100 million location

The North Charlotte, N.C., 84 Lumber outpost cracked the century mark in annual sales in 2017. In return, store manager Dan Jones received a new home from 84 Lumber.

Lowe's gets smart with b8ta setup

The store-within-a-store program, Smart Home powered by b8ta, provides on-site support from experts — known as b8ta testers — alongside smart home product offerings.

Here's the book on Hines Supply

Hines Supply celebrated 125 years in business with a book, "Hines Supply" The Extraordinary Story of the Edward Hines Lumber Company."


Market Insights

Thinking inside the box

Home brands fit nicely inside the subscription box concept. So what's the hold up?

A busy year for the NLBMDA

From the ProDealer Industry Summit to celebrating its 100th anniversary, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association had quite an active 2017.



Hand tool review

Innovation makes the case for these must-have products.

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