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Hardware All Stars: Minnesota & New Hampshire

BY Steph Koyfman
 

In the April issue of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer, 50 stores from 50 states provide examples of what it takes to be an All Star.

This year's Hardware All Stars (sponsored by Epicor) is a send-up of the nation's retail prowess, recognizing stores that go above and beyond the call of duty (and sometimes come with an interesting story).

The April issue of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer magazine contains the full list of 2015 honorees, and more of their stories. With this spotlight on Minnesota and New Hampshire, HBSDealer concludes its mini profile series for the year.

Alexandria, Minnesota: Hilltop Lumber

As the headquarters for a sizeable home center chain in Minnesota, the Alexandria Hilltop Lumber location packs a kitchen design center that guides homeowners on their quest to realize renovations ranging from "Classic Farm House" to "Man Cave" in style.

That's just one facet of the larger, two-story Idea House, which seeks to inspire customers in all aspects of home renovation.

Keene, New Hampshire: Hamshaw Lumber

Sales are up at Hamshaw Lumber, where a remodel and expansion in the first quarter of 2014 added 2,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The biggest sales weeked is the April Customer Appreciation Event.

Speaking of appreciation, the New Hampshire Retail Lumber Association showed theirs by awarding Doug Hamshaw the state's Lumber Dealer of the Year award for 2014.

 

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Hardware All Stars: Massachusetts & North Dakota

BY Steph Koyfman

In the April issue of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer, 50 stores from 50 states are recognized for their ability to operate at an All-Star caliber.

The U.S. is lucky in that there's no dearth of hardware stores and lumberyards that matter to their communities. But the retailers that enter the hallowed halls of Hardware All Star fame (a feature sponsored by Epicor) tend to go above and beyond the call of duty.

The April issue of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer magazine contains the full list of 2015 honorees, and more of their stories. Here are highlights from the class of 2015, continuing today with Massachusetts and North Dakota.

Taunton, Massachusetts: Manny's Paint & Hardware

It's not called "Manny's World-Famous Taunton Hardware" for nothing. It's said that owner Jack Kostka never says no, and this winter, he puts his money where his mouth is by ensuring his store was always stocked with ice melt, salt and roof rakes — so much so that neighboring Home Depot and Lowe's stores routinely sent their customers to him.

One of the store's other slogans is: "If we don't have it, you don't need it."

LaMoure, North Dakota: LaMoure Hardware

Proving that there are no merchandise boundaries to All-Star performance, Ryan and Eve Lasko dedicated half of their new 20,000-sq.-ft. hardware store to groceries.

It's a mix that has served the community's needs since it celebrated its grand opening in October.

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Slide show: Lowe’s on Broadway

BY Steph Koyfman

The red tape has officially been cut at one of two new Lowe’s locations in Manhattan. Here’s what a big box store looks like in 30,000 square feet.

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