February 3, 2012

Medina, Minn.-based Rockler Woodworking and Hardware introduced I•Semble Shelf Blocks to help do-it-yourselfers make custom shelves and furniture. 

December 2, 2011

Sure Fit Inc., a New York-based manufacturer of slipcovers, furniture covers and other home accessories, has acquired the assets of the Patio Armor brand of covers for patio furniture, barbecue grills and other outdoor products from Trilink Global. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

October 14, 2011

IKEA officially plugged in two Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at its Portland, Ore., store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies.

The initiative is the first such project for IKEA in the United States. Similar installations are planned at eight other IKEA stores in the western United States.

October 12, 2011

Conshohocken, Pa.-based IKEA announced plans to expand its Round Rock, Texas, store, adding 54,000 sq. ft. and more parking.

The Round Rock store in central Texas will expand from 252,000 sq. ft. to 306,000 sq. ft. Construction activity will begin this month, with an expected completion in summer 2012. The store will remain open during construction.

The size of the store's warehouse capacity is "less than ideal" currently, the company said.

September 26, 2011

A report from Freedonia Group estimates demand for countertops in the United States will reach 760 million sq. ft. in 2015 -- valued at $24.6 billion.

After falling 2.4% from 2005 to 2010, countertop demand will increase 4.8% from 2010 to 2015, according to the Cleveland-based research firm.

August 1, 2011

IKEA's 2012 home catalog promotes the theme of “small,” with ideas on how to make more out of less space.

What's the latest home design trend coming out of Sweden? According to the 2012 IKEA catalog, the answer is small.

The company's latest catalog, which runs an impressive 376 pages, carries the cover line: "A home doesn't need to be big, just smart." The catalog kicks off with a photo essay explaining how six friends might decide to live together in 430 square feet.

June 29, 2011

Winchester, Va.-based Trex Co. expanded its original September 2010 licensing agreement with Syracuse, Ind.-based Poly-Wood to develop and market additional categories of outdoor living furniture.  

Under the expanded agreement, the Trex Outdoor Furniture collection will grow to include porch swings, rockers and benches along with retractable patio and deck shade umbrellas. All new designs will combine style, comfort and durability and will complement low-maintenance and eco-friendly Trex outdoor living spaces. 

April 26, 2011

IKEA will open its first store in Colorado this summer with a Denver area location in Centennial, Colo. The grand opening is set for July 27, much earlier than originally planned due to the fast pace of construction and “timely reviews by local authorities,” according to the home furnishings retailer.

The 415,000 sq. ft. store is being built on 13.5 acres. In addition to solar panels on the roof, the Denver location will be IKEA’s first store to integrate a geothermal component as part of its heating/cooling system.


March 31, 2011

The National Hardware Show has a reputation as the place for retailers of all sizes and affiliations to scout out new products, many of which won’t be unveiled until show time (May 10 to 12). But Home Channel News editors made a few calls to put together this new product showcase — from the garden to the grill.

November 3, 2010

East Hanover, N.J.-based Foremost Groups is introducing a new line of premium bath vanity collections....

October 31, 2010

This past weekend, Harbor Freight celebrated Halloween with the idea of putting a scare into...

October 3, 2010

Winchester, Va.-based Trex made a logical expansion from its core decking product to railing and...

September 14, 2010

Winchester, Va.-based Trex announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with Syracuse, Ind.-based Poly-Wood...

October 15, 2008

The new 356,000-square-foot IKEA store will sit on 25 acres and feature 10,000 “exclusively designed”...

September 9, 2008

The 834,000-square-foot DC will open on Sept. 17, with a special grand opening celebration. Washington...

July 15, 2008

Bulgaria has been chosen as the site of the IKEA store because of the increased...

July 13, 2008

The IKEA store in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York, is a hulking...

May 18, 2008

The game allows users to take charge of virtual people, and in the new version...

May 4, 2008

The Dominican Republic has been one Latin American location targeted by international retailers in recent...

April 29, 2008

The Virginia facility will make private label products, such as the retailer’s Expedit bookshelves, Lack...

April 17, 2008

IKEA Brooklyn, a 346,000-square-foot store, will be the company’s fourth location in the New York-New...

March 17, 2008

In an exclusive interview with Home Channel News at Practical World in Cologne, Germany, Manfred...

March 12, 2008

Some customers staked out the store “for nearly 48 hours -- the maximum allowed by...

February 27, 2008

The store is slated to open in spring 2009, and will be the 36th IKEA...