August 17, 2015

Dealer seen as town’s “solution center.”

June 19, 2015

See the 2015 class of Ace Hardware's "Coolest Hardware Store" award program, now in its fifth year.

June 16, 2015

Alabama home improvement center makes the most of a former Walmart store location.

June 11, 2015

The Re-Discover Rocky’s movement picks up momentum in Dover, New Hampshire.

May 13, 2015

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 All-Star project is designed to recognize retail excellence. Here's excellence in Ohio an Vermont.

March 13, 2015

These stores have what it takes. Three stories from the front lines of retailing.

March 4, 2015

In the shadow of O’Hare Airport in a strip mall next to a Hobby Lobby, the Mount Prospect, Illinois, True Value store serves as a laboratory and a retail-testing zone for the co-op.

February 4, 2015

Glenview True Value builds a retail destination every day.

December 30, 2014

Ace Hardware of Titusville (Florida), now celebrating its 50th year in business, has rolled out a systems upgrade with the Epicor Eagle N Series.

December 17, 2014

High rents have one Ace Hardware store looking for a new location in the nation's capital.

November 13, 2014

Leeds, Alabama-based Marvin’s Building Materials and Home Centers is adding to its fleet of mid-sized home centers that serve the Southern home builder and the homeowner.

The store in Ozark, Alabama, is currently under construction and is expected to open in the spring of 2015. When completed, the Alabama chain will operate 28 stores. The store will feature a 30,000-sq.-ft. home center in addition to an attached lawn and garden center and drive-through lumberyard.

October 20, 2014

A Q&A with the lumber and building supply distribution industry.

October 1, 2014

Natchez, Mississippi-based Central Network Retail Group expanded further into the Southeast, bringing Hiawassee Hardware of Hiawassee, Georgia to its portfolio of stores.

The new addition to CNRG marks the network's fifth store in Georgia, and its 47th in the United States. 

September 23, 2014

Indianapolis-based appliance retailer hhgreg opened a remodeled location in Columbus, Ohio’s Sawmill Shopping Center. The store reopened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 18.

The store is the chain’s sixth Columbus-area location.

September 10, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group recognized Cherokee PRO Home Center in Cherokee, North Carolina, as the 2014 Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award Winner.

Candler Cooper, a local businessman, and Danny Wingate of Haywood PRO Builders Supply teamed up about three years ago to fill a need in the local community by founding Cherokee PRO Home Center, according to PRO Group. 

The store serves the Cherokee community, including the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

August 6, 2014

What’s new in hardware stores? Plenty.

The HCN Big Four Report, published in the July/August issue, included several comments from independent retailers who were interviewed during recent markets and conventions.

The general question was some variation of “What’s new in your store?” Here are more answers from the field, in no particular order:

 

July 10, 2014

Ace Hardware affiliate Klinker's Lumber & Building Supply of Waverly City, Ohio, was recognized by the state's House of Representatives for opening a new paint studio in May.

The store's paint studio — essentially a remodeled and rethought version of its paint section — now sells Valspar paints, including their Aspire and Professional line of paints, in addition to the Ace line of paint. The paint studio will also allow employees to mix custom paint colors to match customers' color palettes.

July 3, 2014

San Carlos, California-based Kelly-Moore Paint Company is continuing what it calls an “aggressive retail expansion” with the opening of its 5,400-sq.-ft. store in Petaluma, California.

The store at 905 Lakville St. marks the company’s 105th retail store in northern California.

June 4, 2014

Jeff and Al Bunge of Cedar Lake True Value Hardware were recognized by the Chicago-based True Value Company as one 13 “Best Hardware Store in Town” honorees.

According to the co-op, Jeff got his own department in the family owned store at the age of 11, working under his father and uncle. The store was converted to the Destination True Value format in June 2012.

May 20, 2014

Gibbs True Value Hardware in Grayson, Kentucky, was recognized by Chicago-based True Value Co. as one of 13 Best Hardware Store in Town honorees.

Accepting the award at a True Value hosted ceremony earlier this year were C.C. and Julie Gibbs. 

The store was the first in the state of Kentucky to adopt the Destination True Value format. The store also offers niche categories, such as fireplaces, outdoor power equipment and a Just Ask Rental business.

May 6, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores opened its newest Illinois location in Pekin.

The store is the first new Sears Hometown Store to open this year and the sixth opening of a new store across all Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores.

“We’re both proud and excited to fulfill high consumer demand for Sears Hometown Stores in the Pekin area and to become a staple in the community,” said Adam White, store manager of the new Sears Hometown store.

May 1, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores opened its latest Florida Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Sunrise, Florida.

The store is is one of six Sears Home Appliance Showrooms owned and operated by Michael Myers.

April 11, 2014

True Value Co. recognized Foster True Value Hardware as one of its 13 honorees for its “Best Hardware in Town” program.

The store operates in Mariposa, Calif., where it has a strong reputation as a community supporter with sponsorships and other philanthropic efforts.   

Troy Foster, Monica Evans and Melissa Swank accepted the award during a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this year. 

April 2, 2014

Golden Hammer Award winner Don Cohen discusses his exciting future.