Cherokee PRO Home Center earns hardware
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.
The store’s sales floor covers approximately 7,000 sq. ft., with about 5,000 sq. ft. of that space used to house the hardware and paint and sundries departments with the rest devoted to appliances and other home improvement furnishings. They’re finishing up racking to add a small lumber and building materials category to the store’s current offering.
While customers can find the fasteners and power tools they’d expect at a hardware store, they can also find GE appliances, Serta mattresses, electronics, Carhartt work clothing and more.
“We are always finding other small niches for our company, whether it be propane, fishing supplies, dog food or firewood,” said Wingate. “Our inventory mix is so diverse — that’s why we named the business Cherokee PRO Home Center, rather than calling it a hardware store.”
Wallace Hardware is Cherokee PRO Home Center’s wholesaler and PRO Hardware distributor. Richard Snowden, senior VP marketing for Wallace Hardware, said the store has been put together with all the elements of the PRO Hardware program.
“They have executed it as perfectly as you could ask for,” he said. “Their spirit of cooperation is unmatched. They’ve modified this store to meet the needs of both their customers on the reservation and those adjacent to the reservation, and they’ve done a wonderful job. We’re so proud of Cherokee PRO and the team that runs it every day.”
The Cosgrave award is named after PRO Hardware’s founder, and is presented annually to a PRO Hardware retailer.
Sign of the times: Lawsuits, investigations
One of the few predictable repercussions of the Home Depot data breach saga is the proliferation of lawsuits related to the unfolding story.
One day after Home Depot confirmed that a data breach had occurred that “could potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward,” the lawyers piled on.
Harwood Feffer LLP announced an investigation of the retailers board of directors. Reuters reported a lawsuit was filed by a customer in a Chicago federal court. Wolf Popper LLP announced an investigation on behalf of shareholders. And Federman & Sherwood pushed out a press release announcing the filing of a class action suit on behalf of consumers. Other lawsuits and investigations are in the works.
Also five U.S. states started their own investigations of the matter.
Home Depot says it is focused on its own investigation. And has repeatedly stressed that consumers “will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges” to their accounts.
The company is also offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to any customer who has shopped in a Home Depot store, between April and now.