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Char-Broil to return to National Hardware Show

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Char-Broil, a leading U.S. producer of gas grills, will return as an exhibitor to the 2009 National Hardware Show after a six-year absence, the Columbus, Ga.-based company announced.

Char-Broil will anchor the “Stay-cation Marketing Center,” a new feature at the show, which will be held May 5 to 7, 2009, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. This outside space within the show’s lawn and garden area — targeting consumers who choose to spend their vacations at home — will showcase hands-on testing and education about the latest in grills, outdoor furnishings, accessories, storage and coverings.

“This new area is designed to help retailers learn about the products so they can better sell them to customers,” Beth Blake, spokeswoman for the National Hardware Show, told Home Channel News. “And if they have limited space in their stores, they can learn how to merchandise more effectively.”

“We are excited to return to the National Hardware Show for the first time since 2002,” said Rob Schwing, senior director, brand marketing at Char-Broil. “Our exhibit on the Show floor and anchor of the new Stay-cation Center offer an excellent platform to showcase our new line of infrared products.”

Schwing also said Char-Broil will host its annual sales meeting at the show, which will offer its retail partners an opportunity to meet with the entire team to plan upcoming activities.

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Home Depot to slash prices

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Home Depot will start cutting prices this week on as many as 1,200 items — from trash bags to toilets — as it kicks off its latest effort to boost sales in a down economy, the Associated Press reported.

Prices will be cut from 5 percent to 50 percent on about one out of every 25 items in the store. Home Depot didn’t reveal what the average reduction will be, but said the discounts will start showing up in stores this week and will last at least through the next quarter.

“We’re trying to gain market share in the process,” said Craig Menear, Home Depot’s executive vp-merchandising. “Absolutely, we’re trying to drive sales and productivity.”

The marked-down items include energy-saving devices, such as insulation and thermostats, and “project starters,” such as paint and toilets that are the building blocks for do-it-yourself tasks.

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Deck’s Hardware turns 100

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Deck’s Hardware in Ambler, Pa., marking its 100th Anniversary this year, received a “resolution of recognition” from Mayor Bud Wahl on Sept. 16 at the Ambler Borough Council meeting, the Ambler Gazette reported.

The hardware store, still at its original location at 27 N. Main Street, was opened in 1908 by Garnett Deck, an accounting student who had been working at a nearby hardware store to pay for his education.

One hundred years later, Garnett Deck’s son, Dawson “Tiny” Deck, 81, still runs the store, along with his sons, Tyler, 49, and Timothy, 44.

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