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Do it Best names vendors of the year

BY Ken Clark

Do it Best Corp.’s 2012 vendors of the year include a variety of companies representing categories from lumber to lawn and garden.

The Do it Best Vendor of the Year Award is based upon revenue growth, fill rates, new product innovation and other important criteria.

Three special category honorees were Simpson Strong-Tie for overall sales growth, Master Lock Co. for collaborative forecasting and replenishment, and Milwaukee Electric Tool for outstanding products and services. 

Other honorees were Home and Hardware, Knape and Vogt Manufacturing Company; Hand Tools, Johnson Level and Tool; Power Tools, Milwaukee Electric Tool; Plumbing, Star Water Systems; Heating and Automotive, Erickson Manufacturing, Limited; Electrical, Generac; Housewares, Presto Products Company; Cleaning Supplies and Storage, FHP O-Cedar; Outdoor Power Equipment, Black and Decker; Lawn and Garden, Green Goods,  SWAN; Fastener, Farm, Ranch, and Pet,  Apex-Campbell; Paint,  Sherwin-Williams Company; Outdoor Living, Onward Manufacturing Company, Limited; Rental, Hilti Corporation; INCOM Distributor Supply, Cummins Crosspoint; International, Canarm; Lumber, Carrier Lumber; Commodities, Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation; Home Décor Kitchen and Bath, Luxo Marble; Home Décor Flooring, Daltile; Building Materials,  Berry Plastics; Millwork, Jim White Millwork; and Building Specialties, The Quikrete Companies.

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Orchard Supply to open Oregon stores

BY HBSDealer Staff

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores will open its first two Oregon stores in Portland and Tigard. Construction will begin this month, and the build-out is expected to be completed during the first half of 2013.

"We have wanted to bring Orchard to Oregon for a long time, and we’re thrilled to finally be entering the market," said Mark Baker, president and CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware. "Oregon’s community values, pride in ownership and strong do-it-yourself mentality are ideals we’ve lived as a company for more than 80 years. Our stores deliver the variety of merchandise that customers demand, with the high-touch, knowledgeable service necessary to keep the fun in do-it-yourself projects. We look forward to being an active member of this vibrant community."

The Portland store will be located at 10860 SW Barnes Rd. in the former Bally’s Fitness space, and the Tigard store will be located at 9770 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. across from Washington Square in the former Ultimate Electronics building.  

Founded in 1931, Orchard now operates 89 full-service stores throughout California. The Oregon openings represent the first out-of-state expansion for the company, and each location is expected to employ about 100 people. Orchard is also looking for additional locations in the greater Portland area.

Orchard’s stores feature a "race-track" layout, which maximizes traffic flow and helps customers find items fast. The company’s stores also offer an expanded and centralized customer-service area referred to as the "Workbench," where customers get assistance with basic hardware needs.

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CNRG acquires Wake Forest Ace

BY Ken Clark

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group, or CNRG, said it acquired Ace Hardware in Wake Forest, N.C., and will rebrand the store as Town & Country Hardware.

The 12,500-sq.-ft. store located at 910 Gateway Commons Circle in Wake Forest will be the eighth store under CNRG’s Town & Country Hardware brand in North Carolina.

Phillip Helms, the stores’ owner, will join CNRG as district manager for the Town & Country stores.

“Phillip has built a great store in Wake Forest and has a distinguished career in retail,” said Boyden Moore, president of CNRG. “Philip will help us build the Town & Country brand throughout North Carolina. We are excited about this step forward in our growth and look forward to more to come.”

CNRG currently operates 38 home center and hardware stores in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina under the Home Hardware Center, Morrison Terrebonne Lumber Center, NFL Home Center, Elliott’s Hardware and Town & Country Hardware brands. 

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