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Jeff Pratt appointed to SVP sales at Danze and Gerber

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Jeff Pratt has been promoted at Danze, Inc. and Gerber Plumbing Fixtures to the role of SVP sales, in which he will oversee sales in the company’s wholesale, retail, e-commerce, hospitality, multi-family and Canadian segments.

“Jeff’s promotion reflects his tremendous personal and business success leading our branded sales team to increasing sales and market share over the years,” said Michael Werner, president and CEO. “He has become a highly regarded executive in the plumbing industry and will help us maintain and expand our reputation throughout the category.”

Pratt has been with Globe Union, which helped launch the Danze Brand in 2001, since 1999. In 2003, the company acquired the Gerber product line, and he took on a leadership role there. 

At the moment, Pratt oversees overall sales strategy and sales management for both Danze and Gerber; his promotion will further expand his responsibilities in that area.

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The Tile Shop makes its Connecticut debut

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Continuing its wave of expansion, The Tile Shop has opened its first retail locations in Connecticut: one in Danbury and one in Norwalk.

“We’re excited about bringing the Beautiful Made Easy experience to Connecticut,” said Carl Randazzo, SVP Retail for The Tile Shop. “There are many beautiful, historic homes in both areas. The Tile Shop brings Danbury and Norwalk residents the widest, deepest selection of natural tile and stone in Connecticut – including natural marble and granite that homeowners with turn-of-the-century homes will find very appealing. Our tile and stone experts can help homeowners re-capture the history of their homes with authentic tile or stone, or give older homes a completely new contemporary look and feel.”

Located at 18 Federal Road at the Candlewood Plaza Shopping Center in Brookfield, the new Danbury location measures 15,120-sq.-ft., while the Norwalk store stands slightly larger at 20,740-sq.-ft in the ShopRite plaza of Oak Hills. oth stores are situated next to other major big-box stores, including Home Depot.

As is customary for Tile Shop stores, the new locations both feature fully decorated, room-size displays with working appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures.

Stores have over 4,500 natural stone and tile products, as well as free DIY tiling workshops on Saturday mornings.

The company operates 90 stores in 28 states, with an average size of 23,000 square feet.

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HCN Stock Watch: A day for the laggards

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Stocks were mostly behind on Monday, with Sears Hometown (SHOS) down the most at 4.74%.

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