April 3, 2014

Home Depot's 11-day savings event known as Spring Black Friday is back with a twist this year -- organizers have taken steps to include the pro customers. 

This year's Spring Black Friday event, which kicked off April 3 and marks the beginning of the home improvement industry's busiest season, will have sales on  grills, lawn supplies and gardening products as usual. But it will also include power tools, nailers/compressors, concrete, ladders and landscape timber.

January 21, 2014

Sears is planning a Chicago-style liquidation this month, as it prepares to shutter its flagship store on North State Street in the heart of the Windy City's Loop. 

The Chicago Tribune quoted a Sears spokesman: "The store has lost millions of dollars since opening and we can no longer continue to support the store's operating losses." The store has operating in the location since 2001. 

Liquidation sales are expected to begin Jan. 26, with a closing in April.

October 11, 2013

Lumber Liquidators spokesman Clint Roberts responded to HCN's requests for comment regarding the ongoing federal investigation into its sourcing practices. Multiple reports have suggested that the investigation is linked to the Environmental Investigation Agency, which claims the retailer is purchasing wood illegally in protected forests in Far East Russia.

December 20, 2012

Home improvement retailer Menards is postponing its plans to enter the Kansas City market over concerns that “economic conditions will worsen,” according to an article in The Kansas City Star.

Company spokesman Jeff Abbott told the newspaper the Eau Claire, Wis.-based company will not be building planned units in Belton, Mo.; Kansas City Northland and Overland Park, Kan. 

December 13, 2012

Home improvement retailer Menards has decided not to open a store in O'Fallon, Mo., because of President Barack Obama's economic policies, according to a company spokesman interviewed on KMOV, a Missouri television station. 

Menards, based in Eau Claire, Wis., had planned to open several stores in the St. Louis market over the next six months.

November 28, 2012

Terry Bradshaw is no stranger to the home improvement arena. The former football quarterback and current sportscaster was recently a Kickoff Breakfast speaker at a Do it Best market in Indianapolis, a guest keynoter at a BMC sales meeting in Las Vegas, and years ago was the featured speaker at HCN's own Pro Dealer Conference.

He's now playing for Ferguson, the plumbing and HVC giant.

November 14, 2012

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered that consumers in six states -- California, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas -- who allege that Sears sold them allegedly defective Kenmore front-loading "high efficiency" washing machines manufactured by Whirlpool may band together in a class action.

March 15, 2012

Dev Mukherjee, president of the home appliances business at Sears for the past 16 months, has departed the company, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. A replacement will be named “in a few weeks,” according to a Sears spokesman.

January 17, 2012

Lowe’s will be beefing up its employee ranks for the spring season, hiring a total of 40,000 workers to staff stores around the country, a company spokesman told the Dayton Daily News.

While the number of seasonal hires varies by store, the average is 23 people, according to spokesman Steve Salazar. Applicants can apply online at careers. Lowes.com. Available positions include loaders, cashiers, garden-center workers, stockers and other support personnel.

November 3, 2011

Home Depot will open a new customer support call center in Kennesaw, Ga., not far from its Atlanta headquarters, in 2012. 

The story first appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and was confirmed by a Home Depot spokesman yesterday. 

The customer support center will start out with 400 employees and grow to about 700 employees by 2015. It will be located in the Chastain Meadows commercial park.

October 18, 2011

Wal-Mart Stores has announced that the president of its China unit is stepping down. A company spokesman said the resignation was unrelated to a Chinese government food safety case against several Wal-Mart stores.

Ed Chan, CEO of Wal-Mart China, left for personal reasons, the company said. Scott Price, president of Wal-Mart Asia, will fill the position in the interim.

August 30, 2011

The appearance of Craftsman tools at some Menards stores in the Midwest -- which has set off much speculation about channel exclusives for the popular brand -- is being used to liquidate discontinued items, a Sears spokesman told the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.

"Given Menards' history appealing to the heavy do-it-yourselfers ... we felt there is a natural reason to believe that Craftsman would sell effectively at Menards," said Sears Holding Corp. spokesman Larry Costello.

June 20, 2011

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the market dynamics of the Pittsburgh area are enticing ProBuild into western Pennsylvania. 

June 9, 2011

A Missouri man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for using counterfeit money to buy a power drill at Lowe’s and then returning it for cash, according to an article in The Spokesman Review.

June 7, 2011

“Buy from the merchants who are your next-door neighbors. They are the folks who go to church with you, buy from other local firms and keep the money flowing within the community. Your local independent retailer is a longtime resident of the area who actively participates in and generously supports the community.”

That passage was written by a retail store owner, who worried about large competitors encroaching on his turf. The year wasn’t 2011, 2001 or even 1991. 

June 7, 2011

A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement about consumer use of spray foam insulation threatens to deflate the growing sales — and availability — of this popular product. In April, the EPA expressed its concerns about certain chemicals found in spray polyurethane foam, which is applied as a liquid and then expands to fill cavities or gaps. 

May 11, 2011

Sears Holdings Corp. is researching a possible move of its headquarters and 6,200 jobs out of Illinois, a company spokesman said Monday.

The retailer has had preliminary discussions with the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, where it is located, and has commissioned an economic impact study, according to spokesman Chris Brathwaite.

May 6, 2011

Master Lock has a new spokesman: Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel's popular program, “Dirty Jobs.” 

The Oak Creek, Wis. manufacturer is launching a new line of security products designed to protect tools and equipment in the cargo area of pickup trucks and vans, especially those used by contractors and other professionals. Rowe will act as the spokesman for this new product line.

March 13, 2011

Global construction supplier and retailer Saint-Gobain has closed its La Maison building material stores in China, according to a report in Agence France Presse. 

La Maison's 86,000-sq.-ft. flagship store and six design showrooms in Shanghai stopped operating during the week of March 10, a company spokesman told AFP. He blamed recent measures by the Chinese government to cool the housing boom and the change in construction practices, which are building more “finished” properties outfitted with electrical, plumbing and other “pre-decorations.”

January 27, 2011

Home Depot's collection of Chinese stores has dwindled to seven, with the closing of a store in Beijing in January -- the fifth closing in a little more than two years. 

The moves reflect the retailer's strategy to adjust its focus on key markets, rather than scatter its attention around the country. The Atlanta-based retail giant operates seven stores in three Chinese cities -- four in Tianjin, two in Xi'an and a smaller, 50,000-sq.-ft. format pilot store in Zheng Zhou.

October 3, 2010

Having a solar-powered home was once the domain of the eco-affluent—the ones who could afford...

August 30, 2010

Healthcare benefits top the list of an isolated labor dispute at two Chicagoland ProBuild locations....