January 30, 2011

Many independent retailers say they are looking forward to a better year in 2011, including Chris Hughes, owner/president of Hardware Plus in Osceola, Ind. He said in recent months his store has seen double digit sales gains after spending the last year refocusing the product mix and pricing strategy. 

Hughes will be attending the 2011 National Hardware Show to look at new programs, including remote controls for vehicles, which he says will complement his niche chip key business.