In Las Vegas: Independents Day falls on Thursday
The National Hardware Show in partnership with the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) will devote a day to independent retailers with a series of awards, giveaways, seminars and celebrations.
The Thursday series of events have been collectively dubbed "Independents Day."
Held around the NRHA Village Stage in the main lobby of the National Hardware Show, the May 12 day-long celebration of independent home improvement retailers will get started with a panel discussion titled “Leading the Way: Local Business and its Value to the Economy.” Held in a roundtable format, this event will feature influential proponents of the shop-local movement who will discuss the importance of local businesses and the impact these businesses have on the economy.
That panel will be followed by presentations on consumer marketing initiatives and retail performance awards.
Two veteran House-Hasson Hardware department heads retire
When Larry Fennell, House-Hasson’s retiring information systems director, came to the Knoxville, Tenn.-based distributor 26 years ago, there were five computer terminals in the entire business. "Today we have 85 hand-held computers just in the warehouse," he said. "Technology drives every facet of the business."
House-Hasson announced that Fennell and 30-year veteran Tim Lawson, the company’s VP of operations, are retiring. Fennell is being replaced by Dennis Quilliams, who has nearly 30 years experience in computers and information technology. In operations, Don Phillips, who has worked in logistics and management for several companies, will take over for Lawson.
“Our company is truly fortunate in that we’ve had professionals in leadership positions who have been with us for decades,” said Don Hasson, company president. “Now we have outstanding people ready to step in to continue House-Hasson’s momentum and growth.”
Lawson also said operations changed dramatically during his tenure. “When I started it was 100% paper,” he said. “The speed and efficiency of what we can do now would have been science fiction not too many years ago.”
The independent regional distributor serves 17 states and the Caribbean region. Its annual sales top $200 million, the company said.
Hardware store all stars: Conn., Del. and Fla.
The May issue of Home Channel News compiled the first-ever Hardware Store All Star list. Here are three more of the 50: standout stores from Arkansas, California and Colorado.
Killingworth True Value. Since gracing the cover of the Home Channel News March 2010 issue, Killingworth True Value president Jackie Cost has seen the word get out about the store’s major renovation. She’s also seen community involvement increase. Case in point, the Killingworth Youth and Family Services division sets up a tent at all of the store’s outdoor special events. Coming up this month: a Mow and Grow event with Husqvarna and Jonathan Green grass seeds.
Rommel’s Ace Hardware. Rommel’s Ace Hardware operates 11 locations on the East Coast, including three in Delaware — Dover, Seaford and Selbyville. The retailer is a part of Rommel Holdings, whose varied interests include four Denny’s restaurants and a Skateland roller skating rink. The motto is clear: “We can get you in, get you help, and get you on your way in 15 minutes or less.”
Sunshine Ace Hardware. Sunshine Ace has six locations in South Florida, but the downtown Naples store is unlike any of the others, said store manager Sherry Kish. Walk into the sporting goods area and you see a very large fishing boat. Above the boat is a mangrove and beside the mangrove are two large murals depicting the area. And all around, the store uses a cinnamon, beige and green color scheme to hammer home the one-of-a-kind impression.
On Thursday, store profiles from Georgia, Hawaii and Idaho.