March 22, 2017

Ten years ago, the Parker Family bought back its Texas lumberyards

March 6, 2017

Do it Best Corp. turns to an experienced retailer to lead a team of territory managers.

February 27, 2017

The new merchandise manager will bring his category experience to bear on his new role.

January 19, 2017

An engaging video tells the story of a small town Vermont hardware store, and celebrates the spirit of an independent retailer. 

January 18, 2017

Sears Hometown opens inside a Louisiana Do it Best store

January 3, 2017

An exec from Bliffert Lumber and Hardware has been elected Milwaukee NARI board president.

December 15, 2016

Hipp Modern Builders Supply makes it to the finals of the 2016 Indie Awards.

December 7, 2016

HPM Building Supply celebrates 95 years in business with an inside-and-out renovation of its Big Island facility. (Source: West Hawaii Today)

December 6, 2016

The Open Buying Day last week opened the door for new vendors and new products, says VP of merchandising.

November 4, 2016

Replacement for Jay Brown brings 15 years of sales, consulting and supply chain experience.

June 19, 2013

Even before her hour-long presentation at the Do it Best May Market on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Annette Bechtold was questioned about its potential impact on hardware retailers.

It happens all the time to Bechtold, senior VP regulatory affairs and reform initiatives for Digital Insurance.

"I laugh when I'm told 'you have an hour,'" Bechtold said about her presentation, "Preparing for Health Care Reform in 2014, What Employees Need to Know." "We could spend a day on it."

September 17, 2012

Taylor’s Do it Center of Virginia Beach, Va., celebrated the grand opening of its 11th store Saturday. 

The hardware store retailer’s newest store is in the Courthouse Marketplace shopping center in Virginia Beach. The store is the chain’s fifth in Virginia Beach.

 “It was an old fashioned grand opening with a board cutting, the mayor and chief of police,” said marketing manager Tom Townsend. The store’s soft opening took place in August.

September 10, 2012

Cleaning supplies and storage have become a separate category with their own dedicated buyer at Do it Best Corp., the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op. Amanda Harmeyer, the organization’s former associate merchandise manager for housewares, has been promoted to merchandise manager for Cleaning Supplies and Storage, a newly created position.

A five-year veteran of Do it Best, Harmeyer previously worked in merchandising for two international retailers. 

August 9, 2012

More than a 100 Do it Best Corp. staff, vendors and member-owners began building a new home for Habitat for Humanity in the co-op’s home town of Fort Wayne, Ind. 

The project is scheduled to run through early October. In addition to fully staffing the build, Do it Best Corp. is also completely funding the project, including materials and professional service provided by licensed specialists. This is the second company build the co-op has sponsored, with the first coming in 2006.

June 28, 2012

Home Channel News selected 50 hardware stores -- one from each state -- for inclusion in the second annual Hardware Store All-Star list. The stores distinguish themselves with strong customer service, innovative approaches to retail and a connection to community and customers. 

The alphabetical listing of All-Star stores, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, continues here with Virginia and Washington:

February 26, 2012

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. has re-launched an enhanced version of, its member exclusive portal for up-to-the-minute communication, program information and product knowledge, including the rollout of a more robust online catalog. 

December 13, 2011

Do it Best Corp. added to its leadership team at its Fort Wayne, Ind., world headquarters.

The co-op promoted Scott Liggett to Application Development Manager within its Information Technology division. Liggett will guide the company’s continually expanding efforts to enhance their offerings of mobile applications and technological efficiencies in supply chain management.

November 22, 2011

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. has named Rich Lynch as its retail marketing director.

Lynch will oversee and guide the co-op’s retail marketing efforts through its 4,000 member-owned stores worldwide. He will also help drive the company’s member education and training programs.

October 24, 2011

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. reported net sales of $2.33 billion for the year ended June 25, 2011, an increase of 1.4% over the previous fiscal year.

Other data from the company's income statement showed gross profit for fiscal 2011 of $176.8 million, up 3.4% from $171 million last year.

October 13, 2011

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op Do it Best Corp. named company veteran Randy Rusk as its new communications director.

In the position, Rusk will help develop and implement the Do it Best Corp. communications strategy and manage all internal and external communications efforts, including video, education and training initiatives, creative development and campaign execution, as well as media and public relations.

October 7, 2011

Do it Best Corp. promoted two new regional managers who will focus on building and strengthening member relationships in the eastern and southern United States.

The company named David Enmark regional sales and business development manager for a large portion of the southern United States. Also, Do it Best Corp. named Rob Schmiedel regional sales and business development manager for the northeastern United States.

October 5, 2011

The Do it Best October Market will return to Indianapolis Oct. 8 to 10, with some things remaining the same, and some things changing. 

“We really believe this market will be like no other that our members have seen or experienced,” said Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor. “With the continued momentum of our Extreme Growth initiatives, along with outstanding purchasing opportunities in an expanded convention center and top-notch slate of events and speakers, we’ve got a lot of very exciting things in store for our members."

September 28, 2011

There have been many memorable moments for Randall Jones and Greencastle, Ind.-based Headley Hardware, from reopening after a fire in 2000 to taking his entire Do it Best rebate check and investing it in an unproven electrical department in 2009.

August 22, 2011

Do it Best Corp. announced the soft opening of the first four Pongs Do it Best Home Centers in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier this month.

With the openings in Indonesia, the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op expanded its customer base to 50 countries.