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Mark Baker to head OSH

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Orchard Supply Hardware has named retail veteran Mark Baker as its new president and CEO. Baker will replace Robert Lynch, who left last December to take a job as president and chief operating officer at Lumber Liquidators.

Before joining Orchard Supply Hardware, Baker served as president and chief operating officer for Scotts Miracle-Gro. Previously, Baker served in a variety of senior roles at Home Depot during his seven years there, including executive VP merchandising. In addition, he was CEO of the Gander Mountain Co., an outdoor retailer, and has held senior leadership roles at Scotty’s Inc. and Homebase, Inc.

Orchard Supply Hardware is an 89-unit chain of home improvement stores and garden centers throughout California.

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kclark says:
Mar-08-2011 10:36 pm

A few weeks ago, we saw Mark
A few weeks ago, we saw Mark introduce Craig Menear as the City of Hope Spirit of Life winner. Now they'll be competing in California.

P.Murphy says:
Mar-08-2011 10:29 pm

Great move for Mark and a
Great move for Mark and a greater move for Orchard Supply.

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Elliott’s Hardware moving to smaller Dallas site

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Elliott’s Hardware is downsizing in Dallas but staying in the same neighborhood, according to an article in the Dallas Morning News.  

The three-unit Texas chain, which sold its flagship Dallas store to Kroger supermarkets last year, has decided to relocate to another, smaller building in the Love Field area in late April. The change in footprint — from 55,000 sq. ft. to 13,000 sq. ft. — will require the hardware retailer to eliminate some departments and reduce the size of others, such as power tools and housewares.

A grand opening is planned for May. Elliott’s also operates stores in Mesquite and Plano.

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House-Hasson’s Opryland Sales Booster

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The Knoxville, Tenn-based distributor experienced strong growth at its dealer market in Nashville.           

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More than 700 dealers were in attendance, and they set records for purchases at the show, which was held in the newly remodeled and world-famous Opryland Hotel. The dealer reception and dinner with entertainment Friday evening attracted a standing room-only crowd. The Bonus Buy Breakfast featuring merchandisers on Friday was attended by more than 1,200 people, while the Bonus Buy Breakfast featuring open-stock items on Saturday attracted a crowd of more than 1,300 people.

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