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Hardware Store All-Stars: Maryland, Delaware and Virginia

BY HBSDEALER Staff

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN’s annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores — one from each state — that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

Maryland: Dunkirk Do it Best Hardware & Home Center has the kind of competitive advantage many mom-and-pops would kill for: It exists in a big-box-free region due to county zoning ordinances that preclude large national retailers from setting up shop. In a sense, that lets owners Jim and Ashley Weaver off the hook a little, but they manage to step up to the plate with an extensive, comprehensive product offering to rival that of any sprawling home center, spanning 19,500 sq. ft. With customers finally getting their needs met, the store realized $100,000 in sales its opening weekend — allowing the Weavers to open two other locations.

Delaware: If there were ever a case for patronizing independents, Fairfax Hardware in Wilmington certainly builds a strong one. Many of its loyal customers shop there on principle thanks to stellar customer service (and staff wearing ties!), even if the big-box down the road carries a minor discount. The independent, family-owned business is one of the only stores of its kind in the area, and having been around since the Fairfax community was built, it’s said to actually carry many original parts and hardware from that era. 

Virginia: Randy’s Do it Best Hardware now prides itself on its three locations throughout the state of Virginia, but the business owes a lot of its success to its savvy use of social media (that’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). Such is the level of engagement with its community that a special deal announced on Facebook will get customers driving in from reaches far and wide. To demonstrate its appreciation, Randy’s sports a colorful mural of the town on the street side of its building.

For the full state-by-state list of HCN Hardware Store All Stars, click here.

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Mike Clark to retire from True Value

BY HBSDEALER Staff

True Value Co. senior VP and chief merchandising officer Mike Clark will retire from the co-op after serving in an advisory role through the end of the year.

Clark’s post will be filled by former Ace Hardware executive Ken Goodgame, the co-op announced Tuesday.  

Clark joined True Value in 2008, and led the charge in building a world-class merchandising organization. His career spans nearly 40 years, with senior executive merchandising roles at both Orchard Supply Hardware and Sears. Clark will embark on a well-earned retirement in California and on the water with his wife, Connie.

“As I reflect on five fulfilling years at True Value, I would like to thank an amazing merchandising team, our dedicated True Value associates and the supportive group of vendors, who are focused on the growth and success of our retailers, and the co-op.” said Mike Clark. 

Clark signaled his plans earlier this year to retire, however, stayed on with the co-op to help with the transition of a new president and CEO.

“I’d like to recognize and thank Mike for his commitment to the co-op,” said John Hartmann, president and CEO. “He delayed his retirement for us, and we greatly appreciate it. Mike leaves us in a strong position with a talented team, expanded, relevant and competitively priced assortments, and a terrific merchandising program.” 

 

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Hardware Store All-Stars: New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

BY HBSDEALER Staff

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN’s annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores — one from each state — that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

New York: "Age before beauty" is what they say, but Kelloggs & Lawrence Do it Best in Katonah might have both of those things working in its favor. The general store-type local has been a community fixture for a whopping 125 years — one of the current staffmembers, Jeff, is the great grandson of founder Henry Kellogg. Owners Bart and Diana Tyler help bring tourism to the area — as well as revenue to their store — with high-end home goods, fireplaces, grills and camping supplies.

New Jersey: Billing itself as the discounted Benjamin Moore store, McGrath’s Paint & Hardware plays neighborhood hardware joint, big brand discount location and alluring big box alternative in three locations across New Jersey. As one of the largest Benjamin Moore dealers in New Jersey, the store fills its niche well with a complete product assortment and professional Design Color Consultants to assist customers with their decor planning — in-store or in the home.

Pennsylvania: It’s fair to say that Bomberger’s Store in Lititz earns the title of overall crowd-pleaser. Involvement in local parades, the Farm Show, and youth football and baseball teams throughout the community isn’t the only reason, but those things certainly don’t hurt. Customers who manage to make it past the full-service in-store cafe (serving gourmet coffee and pastry) will encounter a dedicated kitchen and floor covering segment with multiple displays, as well as a hearty representation of big brands like Craftsman and John Deere. Not only was it named one of Ace’s "Coolest Hardware Stores" in 2012 — the city of Lititz was named one of America’s Coolest Small Towns by Budget Travel.

Next week, HCN will highlight All-Stars in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For the full state-by-state list of HCN Hardware Store All Stars, click here.

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