Mahurin’s next stop: Orchard Supply Hardware
Steve Mahurin, the former Home Depot and True Value Co. merchandising executive, will take over as the senior merchant at San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Hardware.
Mahurin’s appointment as executive VP and chief merchandising officer takes effect May 2. He will replace Steve Olsen, who has been named senior VP and chief strategy officer for the California hardware chain. Both men will report to Mark Baker, who was named CEO earlier this year.
“Steve brings a wealth of merchandising and home improvement experience to Orchard,” Baker said in a prepared statement. “With his track record and past success in driving business performance, focusing on customers and strengthening the company’s business position in the marketplace, Steve will be a great asset to Orchard as our senior merchant.”
Before joining Orchard Supply Hardware, Mahurin served as executive VP merchandising for Office Depot where he was responsible for all merchandising and related functions. Previously, he held the position of senior VP and chief merchandising officer for True Value, where he oversaw the merchandising and supply chain organization. At the co-op, he gained the reputation of a first-class merchant, and his departure from True Value was viewed with disappointment by some members.
Prior to his time with True Value, Mahurin held a number of senior positions over nearly 13 years at The Home Depot, where he ultimately served as a senior VP.
Steve Olsen will assume the role of senior VP and chief strategy officer responsible for corporate strategy, supply chain and IT. In this role, Olsen will lead major initiatives involving inventory levels, supplier logistics and store inventory flow, all issues critical to improving in-stock and customer service levels.
Orchard Supply Hardware is a regional home improvement retailer operating 89 full-service home and garden stores located throughout California.
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Myrtle Beach store offers owner second chance
The owner of the new Bill’s Hometown Hardware in Myrtle Beach, S.C., says he’s learned from the school of hard knocks, according to an article in SCnow.com.
Bill Clarke previously owned an Ace Hardware store in Myrtle Beach, but it closed earlier this year. High rent was one of the factors that forced him to close, he said in an interview.
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Santa Cruz to get new hardware store
A former Blockbuster video store in Santa Cruz, Calif. will reopen as Santa Cruz Hardware this coming July, according to an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Ace dealer Rodney Hoffer, owner of Aptos Hardware and Westside Hardware, got his start in the home-improvement business by working at Santa Cruz Hardware, originally founded in 1883. Hoffer bought the business in 1986, relocated it after an earthquake damaged the store, and later closed it, due in part to a lack of parking.
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