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Futures Company to kick off HIRI conference

BY HBSDEALER Staff

J. Walker Smith, executive chairman of The Futures Co., will present at the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) event Wednesday in Chicago.

Smith will deliver one of seven statistically charged presentations during the HIRI event Oct. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Convention Center.

The conference’s theme is “Changing Home Improvement Attitudes & Behaviors.”

Smith’s presentation will address the consumer mind-set of “slimming down” and the process of moving beyond the stagnation of a slow recovery. His speech is titled: “A Future Unfolding: Understanding Tomorrow’s Consumer Today.” 

Other presenters include Josh Rosenbaum of UBS, David Garcia of The Stevenson Co.; and Janine Abmayr of Ipsos.

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) is a membership-based, independent, nonprofit organization of manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and allied organizations in the home improvement industry. It is the leader in independent research on the industry. The membership of HIRI currently represents more than 70 of the leading firms in the industry.

 

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Mills Fleet Farm opens in Minnesota store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Brainerd, Minn.-based Mills Fleet Farm opened its 34th this month with its signature silo in a building previously occupied by Lowe’s in Cambridge, Minn. 

The Lowe’s store closed in August 2011, after opening in August 2009. 

According to an article in the Isanti County News, the new 140,000-sq.-ft. store is the first to have a full-blown log cabin inside at the sporting goods area of the store. 

Mills Fleet Farm operates 34 locations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota.

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Industry Dashboard for Oct. 14, 2013

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Unemployment and monthly sales figures were missing from the picture due to the ongoing government shutdown. Meanwhile, stocks showed weaker-than-usual progress.

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