All American Home Center closes its doors
All American Home Center in Downey, Calif., was famous in the home improvement industry for a number of things, chief among them its size: 150,000 sq. ft. plus an outdoor garden center. But most people admired the family-owned home center for the fact that it survived the opening of a Home Depot right next store in 1996. In fact, the two retailers have adjacent parking lots.
Lanny Gertler, whose father opened the store in 1952, remodeled the large home center several times, and All American had a loyal clientele in its working class neighborhood in Orange County. But Gertler passed away in February 2010, and last month, the retailer hired Gordon Brothers Group to liquidate the store’s inventory, a process that will run into next month. Third-generation owner Tamar Kane has given no official reason for the store’s closure, although she issued a statement that said: “Our customers have shown us great loyalty for decades, and we hope they take advantage of these incredible savings on home improvement supplies.”
Industry insiders told Home Channel News that a group of senior managers tried to buy All American from Kane but were rebuffed.
In addition to being widely known within the industry, the store was also seen by television viewers. All American served as a setting in the HBO series “Big Love,” in which it played the role of the fictitious Henrickson’s Home Plus.
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Starting to click: Leaders embrace multichannel model
Multichannel retailing has been a buzzword since long before Jeff Bezos first reported a profit at Amazon.com (that was back in January 2002). Today, the biggest home improvement retailers are still at it, walking shoulder-to-shoulder into the multichannel future. Well, at least, they sound a lot alike.
Consider the following clicks-and-bricks-related comments:
“We call our strategy interconnected retail, because we believe that our responsibility is to make sure however the customer wants to buy that we have the ability to service their needs.”
— Marvin Ellison, executive VP U.S. stores, Home Depot
“We’ve got to make sure that we’re priced competitively every day across those channels so that long term, we’re going to be able to provide the value proposition that consumers are looking for no matter what channel they choose to shop.”
— Robert Niblock, CEO, Lowe’s
“We believe it is becoming more and more obvious that the future of retail will revolve around the seamless integration of online and offline experiences.”
— Lou D’Ambrosio, CEO
“We are now committed to saying, we have to get in this space in the right way with the right people behind it. We have to be able to give them the convenience to shop, when, how, where they want. We know, as an example, that more and more of our customers are coming through our site.”
— Greg Sandfort, president and CMO
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Home channel holiday gift guide
In addition to alerting the industry to trends in new products, this holiday edition of the New Product Showcase can be seen as a gift guide for the beginner or serious DIYer. From stocking stuffers to show stoppers, or from impulse items to big tickets, here’s our holiday sampler. It’s the thought that counts.
Toro Z Master and GrandStand
For: The “green” motor head
What: Toro Z Master Professional 5000/6000 Series and GrandStand EFI mowers use the latest in fuel management technology, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Owners can save up to 25% on fuel costs, according to the company. The mowers feature a Kohler engine with a closed-loop electronic fuel injection system (EFI), which allows the engine to automatically adapt to load, weather, fuel and altitude changes. The engine continuously runs at optimal levels, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. A system of engine sensors monitors the engine while running, and indicator lights provide early warning of any potential issues.
Bosch GOP 300 SCE Professional
For: The repairman
What: The GOP 300 SCE Professional is useful for all kinds of adjustment, trimming and repair jobs. Its accessories can be fitted without auxiliary equipment, such as fixing pins or screws. The user releases the tension lock, inserts the accessory and closes the tension lock. The multi-cutter, which has a 12-point toolholder, sits comfortably in the user’s hand due to its slim grip circumference. The Constant Electronic ensures a constant oscillation rate under load, and the speed preselection enables the tool to be adjusted to suit different accessories and work materials. It comes with the L-Boxx, including eight accessories for sawing and sanding and 40 sheets of sanding paper with different grits.
Empire Level Power Tapes
For: The tool enthusiast
What: Empire Level’s new line of Power Tapes was designed with new features to improve visibility, durability and productivity. All of the tapes have a non-glare nylon blade and large print scale to make them easier to read. In addition, they feature 8-ft. blade standouts, and the blades are nylon-coated for a smooth return. The 7500 Rubber Boot series of Power Tapes conforms to the hand for easy control and features double-sided metal hooks with a reinforced metal bottom and four rivets for durability. The chrome 600 series Power Tapes are textured for a better grip.
MidWest Invisible Gripper Ladies Garden Glove
For: The female gardener
What: MidWest Gloves & Gear’s “Invisible Gripper” Ladies Garden Glove features a clear gripping surface that doesn’t cover or hide the floral pattern. The gripping surface is a clear nitrile coating on the palm and fingertips, and the white knit polyester glove offers comfort and form fits to the hand. A knit wrist keeps the dirt out.
For: The eco-minded
What: ThinkEco offers the modlet — or modern outlet — which is designed to save money and time. The modlet automatically cuts power to plugged-in electronics based on personalized schedules. Through the Web-based software, consumers can track savings and adjust schedules to control their electricity use. The software can also be used to control electronic devices wirelessly, from any browser or through a mobile device.
KitchenAid Preserva Food Care System
For: The host
What: KitchenAid’s Preserva Food Care System optimizes freshness with various features. A sequential dual evaporator system runs the refrigerator and freezer compartments independently, ensuring precise, consistent temperature and humidity management. Second, the system’s FreshFlow Produce Preserver absorbs the ethylene gas naturally produced by some fruits and vegetables to delay over-ripening by up to 25%. And third, an advanced air filter with 15 times more odor-reducing power than baking soda circulates and freshens air inside the refrigerator. It is available in four side-by-side configurations, and in French door models beginning early in 2012.
Gardex Leaf Scoops
For: The suburban homeowner
What: Raking leaves is easy. Getting them off the ground and into the bag is the hard part. Gardex Leaf Scoops are plastic discs that the user wears on his or her hands like cymbals. The “teeth” of each scoop effectively grab large piles, allowing for fast and easy transfer of leaves into trash bags.
Rockler Magnetic Cord Keeper
For: The power tool operator
What: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware’s Magnetic Cord Keeper keeps unplugged power tool cords off the ground and out of the way, using an Earth magnetic clip. Useful for any power tool, the Magnetic Cord Keeper secures loose cords and cord endings to any ferrous metal object. In addition, it helps avoid tripping and keeps the cord ending free of floor debris, preventing electrical hazards. It measures 1-1/2 in. in diameter and is 7/8 in. thick, with a 5/16-in. opening that holds a standard-thickness power cord. The magnet’s notched opening can also hold pens, pencils or drill chucks.