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HCN introduces Hardware Store Connect

BY HBSDealer Staff

Designed for hardware store owners and operators, Hardware Store Connect taps the latest technology to create a powerful and professional networking tool.

The online resource at HardwareStoreConnect.com officially launches April 30 and brings a professional, closed-loop networking tool to hardware store retailers. 

Registration is free. And the powerful tool allows registered users to create or join discussions; join groups; network with the community; and share thoughts, problems and solutions. 

A feature called “Ask the Experts” allows registered hardware store members to pose questions to a hand-picked panel of industry experts, in fields ranging from management to merchandising.

“We at Home Channel News take very seriously our goal of building high-quality communities of retailers,” said editor Ken Clark. “We are very excited to launch Hardware Store Connect, and we are committed to developing this project to serve the hardware stores and the people who run them.”

A sneak peak video demonstration is available here.

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Floyd’s Ace liquidates

BY HBSDealer Staff

Floyd’s Ace Home Center in Pahrump, Nev., about 65 miles outside of Las Vegas, closed its doors on March 30 and will hold an auction of its remaining inventory on April 29. Nick Moore, son of owners Carl and Julie Moore, told Home Channel News that the business succumbed to the housing market meltdown and competitive pressure from a Home Depot that opened in this desert town of 36,000.

Floyd’s carried a full hardware store assortment, a giftware section, building materials, house packages, RV supplies and a J.C. Penney outlet. It had been in operation for more than 30 years.

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Orchard Supply swings to a loss in 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In the California company’s first full-year fiscal earnings report since separating from Sears, Orchard Supply posted a net loss of $14.5 million, compared to net income of $8.7 million in fiscal year 2010.

The company’s sales in 2011 were $660.5 million, roughly flat from the prior years. Same store sales declined 0.6% — average ticket was up, but transaction volume was down.

CEO Mark Baker pointed to some of the major changes at the San Jose-based retailer: “During fiscal 2011, we initiated a turnaround strategy designed to restore growth and increase Orchard’s market share. As part of our strategy, we enhanced our organizational structure with key additions to the management team, we improved our in-stock inventory levels on core products while reducing overall inventory levels, and we strengthened the service and shopping environment in our stores.”

Net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 were $141.6 million compared to $141.5 million in the same period last year. Comparable store sales increased 2.3% — the second straight quarter of positive comps. Fourth quarter net loss was $7.2 million, compared to a net loss of $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Store improvements are a big part of the company’s 2012 plans. Orchard Supply is refurbishing about 35 stores with exterior signage and paint in Orchard’s new logo. It’s also providing direct access from the parking lot to the nursery and garden centers in about 15 locations. 

“At the same time, we’re implementing extensive product line reviews to upgrade our assortment, improve inventory levels and help drive gross margin,” said Baker. “Importantly, we are pleased with the early results of our new, productive store format, which we are rolling out this year. Our plans include the opening of up to three new stores and the remodeling of up to six existing Orchard locations during fiscal 2012.”

Baker added that the first quarter of 2012 has so far been softer than expected in seasonal and outdoor products. Still, the company expects positive comp-store sales in fiscal 2012, he said.

 

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