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Home Depot drops plan for San Francisco store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home Depot will not be opening its long-awaited store in San Francisco due to the slowdown in the home improvement market, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The proposed unit on Bayshore Boulevard, once home to Goodman’s Lumber, was the site of a pitched battle between the Atlanta retailer, neighborhood activists and local hardware store owners intent on keeping Home Depot out of the city limits. In November 2005, after years of hearings and appeals, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the project, a two-level urban format with underground parking.

Prior to the Bayshore Boulevard site, Home Depot had tried, unsuccessfully, to open stores on other San Francisco parcels. The company’s attempts to penetrate the city stretch back over a decade.

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NAWLA announces regional meeting dates

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The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) has announced dates for its two regional meetings in May.

Each NAWLA Regional Meeting will include a reception, lunch or dinner, keynote speakers discussing regional industry specific issues impacting NAWLA members and networking events, according to the organization.

NAWLA Regional Meetings have been scheduled for:

• Tuesday, May 20, in Boston at the Marriott Boston Newton with keynote speaker Rick Grandinetti, founder and CEO, Vision Planning.

• Thursday, May 22, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the DC Ranch Village Health Club and Spa with speaker Jason Metnick, director, Market Access and Product Labeling, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

The North American Wholesale Lumber Association is an international trade association of more than 650 forest products and building material industry wholesalers, manufacturers and affiliated companies.

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Weyerhaeuser names new chief information officer

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Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser recently named Kevin Shearer vp-information technology and chief information officer, effective May 1.

Shearer joined the company in 1980, holding numerous positions in timberlands, corporate support and wood products. Shearer held leadership positions in information technology during the company’s acquisitions of several companies, including Cavenham, MacMillan Bloedel, Willamette and Trus-Joist.

Since 2007, Shearer has served as vp-business operations. He will succeed Susan Mersereau who is retiring.

Weyerhaeuser is one of the worlds largest forest products companies, with sales of $16.3 billion in 2007.

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