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Hardware dealers to talk shop at Golden Hammer breakfast

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The 2011 Golden Hammer Awards breakfast event in Las Vegas will include a panel discussion of industry leaders.

Participating in the panel will be George Smith, CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware, the Home Channel News 2011 Retailer of the Year; John Price, co-owner of Price Hardware True Value, the 2011 Golden Hammer "Tools of the Trade Award" winner; and Craig Cowart, of Marvin’s Building Materials and Home Centers, last year’s Home Channel News Retailer of the Year.

Topics will include customer service, store design, growth strategy and best practices, among other things. 

The Golden Hammer Awards breakfast event will also feature the induction of Larry Stone, Lowe’s president and COO, into the Home Channel Hall of Fame.

The breakfast event will be held in conjunction with the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Retailers can attend the 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. event for free. Click here for more information. 

 

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Orme Hardware acquires Newark, Ohio, store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Cambridge, Ohio-based Orme Hardware added a store in Newark, Ohio, bringing its store count to six, according to an article in the Newark Advocate.

The new store is called Orme’s On Main, and it will continue to be part of the Do it Best co-op, according to the article. Orme’s five other stores — in Berlin, Cambridge, New Concord, Cadiz and Newcomerstown — are also Do it Best stores.

 

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State by state: Hardware store all stars

BY HBSDEALER Staff

From New York’s Island to the Redwood Forests, the great American hardware store maintains a revered place in commercial history of these United States. 

The May issue of Home Channel News compiled the first-ever Hardware Store All Star list. Here are three of the 50: standout stores from Alabama, Alaska and Arizona. 

• Alabama

Marvin’s Home Centers. Home Channel News’ 2010 Retailer of the Year, Leeds, Ala.-based Marvin’s Home Centers is continuing to fine-tune its model, and is expecting to open its 27th store this month in Monroeville, Ala. Store design plays a big factor in service — wide aisles and a friendly solution center in the exact center of the store. "All of our stores have a ‘hometown’ feel," said CEO Darrin Gilliam. 

• Alaska

Spenard Builders Supply. Although some of its 21 locations are more heavily weighted toward building materials, Spenard serves every kind of customer, from military contractors to homeowners. And they’re definitely making a pitch for consumer business with DIY clinics, “Bon Appetit” cooking demos, and a website (sbsalaska.com) that shows happy homeowners enjoying their decks and painting their walls. Anchorage, Ala.-based Spenard Builders Supply has such a strong presence in Alaska, it’s  one of the few divisions of ProBuild that got a pass from the company-wide rebranding initiative.

• Arizona

Pinnacle Peak Ace Hardware. John and Robin Arterburn opened this Ace Hardware store in Scottsdale three years ago hoping to provide an experience that would remind customers of trips to the hardware store with their dad or grandpa. “Our goal is to be the most helpful hardware store on the planet,” he said. Blending old-fashioned customer service with new innovations, the couple created a home decor area called ‘Robin’s nest,’ named after his wife. “Many women consider us their home decor source because Robin finds unique items not found in the chain stores,” John said.

On Thursday: Arkansas, California and Colorado

 

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