January 14, 2015

U.S. retail sales backtracked in December across the board, as well as for building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (NAICS 444), which were down 1.9% month-over-month.

January 13, 2015

The National Retail Federation has a new chairman in Kip Tindell, who is also chairman and CEO of The Container Store.

January 9, 2015

Ryland Homes Atlanta has opened the doors to its new MyStyle Design Center in Alpharetta, which lends 3,800 sq. ft. of showroom space to its various design options.

January 7, 2015

2014 ended in good faith -- at least according to Decision Analyst's U.S. Economic Index in December, which, at 109, registered at 3 points higher than December 2013 and 24 points higher than January 2009, when the index hit a low of 85.

January 7, 2015

To a certain extent, great stores think alike. But it takes a certain level of idiosyncracy to reach an All-Star level.

January 6, 2015

Springfield, Massachusetts-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware, a family-owned business with neighborhood based stores in five states, will open a new store in the greater Boston area.

January 5, 2015

Founded in 1883, and based in Spokane, Wash., Jensen Distribution Services is a wholesale hardware distributor with approximately $150 million in wholesale revenue that serves more than 2,000 customers in 11 western states.

January 5, 2015

The newest Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores outpost recently opened its doors in Muskogee, Oklahoma, marking 34 Sears Hometown openings in 2014 overall and the 16th Sears Hometown and Outlet.

December 29, 2014

Whether you’re engaged in the distribution of heavy building materials to dusty job sites, or the display of stylish home decor in a well-lit showroom, the hardware and building supply industry is one giant exercise in human resources.

December 23, 2014

Dan Miller has been named VP retail operations and new business, while Brian Wiborg will assume the role of VP retail development and supply.

December 18, 2014

It’s not every day that a CEO gives back his bonus. But that’s just what Rick Holley of Plum Creek Lumber did. Also around the web, HCN editors have found stories about store closings concerning a New Jersey independent and one of the biggest names in American retail.

December 17, 2014

KB Home has opened its latest Design Studio in Centennial, Colorado, giving Denver-area homebuyers the opportunity to shop for home features in a retail-like setting.

December 16, 2014

The Keeney Manufacturing Company and Plumb Pak, a plumbing industry supplier, welcomed John Watkins to its sales management team.

Watkins is responsible for key account sales and will be based out of Chicago. 

He is a graduate of Purdue University and brings 15 years of experience working with leading retail and wholesale accounts in the plumbing and hardware industry, the company said. 

December 15, 2014

October was a particularly lucrative month for retail sales in the hardware store category. Meanwhile, gas prices crept farther down the dial.

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December 12, 2014

Here are three lessons learned from the West Coast storms this week: When it rains, it pours. Better safe than sorry. And retail is detail.

In the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley, Eric Hassett of Hassett Ace Hardware came to grips with all three lessons during the state’s headline-grabbing deluge. There were reports of 12 inches falling overnight in some counties -- high winds, widespread power outages and fears of mudslides.

December 11, 2014

Lumberyards, hardware stores and home centers fared well in the most recent government report measuring monthly retail sales.

December 10, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy articles from the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials.

• Some call it the Amazon of building supplies. But the company deals in much bigger packages as it seeks e-commerce superstartdom. (source: Forbes.) Read here.

December 8, 2014

Home Channel News has been scanning the wires and the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials for valuable videos. Recent noteworthy discoveries are collected here:

December 8, 2014

In a retail environment that's so often transgenerational and longevity-oriented, there's something to be said about staying power.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that have stayed in the family, weathered many storms and even expanded mightily beyond their initial outposts.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

December 5, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that unemployment held steady at 5.8% in November, with the economy adding 321,000 jobs for the month. This is well above the year's 224,000-jobs-per-month average.

December 4, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy articles from the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials.

• A man in Louisville, Kentucky, stands accused of threatening store employees with stolen hammers and hatchets. (Source: Wave 3 News.) Read here.

December 4, 2014

Sears Holdings reported a third-quarter loss, though one not as wide as economists expected.

As the retailer has been posting months of consecutive losses and sales declines, CEO Edward Lampert stressed the steps it was taking to minimize its expenses and generate more revenue.

December 1, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy articles from the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials.

• Kmart employees pushed back against working on Thanksgiving. Read here. (source: CNNMoney) 

November 26, 2014

All 14 regions of the Lowe’s empire achieved positive comp-store sales in the third quarter as the company remains “cautiously optimistic about the home improvement landscape.” 

Top sellers at Lowe’s in the period that saw 5.1% comp-store sales: outdoor power equipment, with double-digit comps, said Michael Jones, chief customer officer for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based retail giant.