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Home Depot buries its landscape stores

BY Brae Canlen

Seven months after closing its experimental flooring stores, Home Depot has announced plans to do the same with its Landscape Supply units, another test format. All 11 units will be shuttered over the next two months so that the company can concentrate on its traditional big-box stores, according to Home Depot spokesman Ron DeFeo. No decision has been reached on what Home Depot will do with the sites, he said.

There are currently five Landscape Supply stores in Georgia and six in Texas.

“We own the land for all these locations,” DeFeo told HCN. The company is evaluating all its options, which include converting the specialty stores into regular Home Depot units or selling off the real estate.

Home Depot opened its first three Landscape Supply stores outside Atlanta in 2002. The following year, the company expanded the concept to the Dallas area. The 12,000-square-foot stores were generally set on five to seven acres, with a fenced-in yard and a will-call area.

Aimed at both the professional landscaper and the “avid” home gardener, Landscape Supply featured two separate entrances for contractors and DIY customers. The “pro” side of the store looked more like a warehouse, with bulk items, pallet displays and a tool rental area. Landscapers had their own parking, checkout and restrooms.

On the consumer side, a temperature-controlled greenhouse measuring 25,000 square feet contained wooden fixtures and a retail assortment of lawn and garden goods.

Landscape Supply also offered a wide menu of installation services, including pavers, irrigation, water features and putting greens.

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NLBMDA kicks off annual conference

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Las Vegas The National Lumber and Building Materials Association (NLBMDA) kicked off its Industry Summit yesterday by deciding to turn its day-to-day operations over to a trade association management company. In a unanimous decision, the NLBMDA board voted on Oct. 4 to sign a contract with SmithBucklin, which will handle staffing, accounting, educational programs, government relations, and other functions.

The NLBMDA will close its office in Washington D.C. and move into SmithBucklin’s office, also inside the Beltway, during a 60-day transition period. By contracting with an outside firm, the trade association will save approximately $170,760 a year, according to an analysis by SmithBucklin.

Other issues discussed during the board meeting were state and federal legislation that deal with frivolous lawsuits, illegal logging, OSHA regulations and organized scams against retailers.

The three-day conference, held at the J.W. Marriott, continues today with sessions on strategic visioning and market differentiation. Other events include a silent auction, a golf tournament and networking receptions.

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Weyerhaeuser named to sustainability index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser has been named to the Dow Sustainability Index, a service that tracks the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.

According to a joint press release from Dow Jones and Weyerhaeuser, the company is the only North American forest products company now in the industry category of the index.

The sustainability index conducts an annual assessment of corporations and their impact on economic, environmental and social issues. The goal is to show how sustainability “is being defined in the global marketplace,” while helping asset managers track sustainability-driven investment portfolios, according to the companies.

“Sustainability is a core value at Weyerhaeuser,” said Steven Rogel, chairman, president and CEO. “In all we do, from renewing our forests, to reducing the environmental footprint of our manufacturing operations, to building homes, to recovering paper for recycling, Weyerhaeuser strives to act sustainably.”

Selection to sustainability index was based on a third party assessment of Weyerhaeuser – the company took part in Dow Jones’ review process by submitting an application and providing other company information.

The Federal Way, Wash.-based company plans to release its most recent earnings statement on Oct. 31.

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