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Menards, Ace to participate in CFL promotion

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Menards and Ace Hardware stores in Minnesota will participate in a promotion on energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) according to the St. Paul [Minnesota] Pioneer Press.

Regional utility company Xcel will help subsidize the cost of the energy-efficient bulbs so certain models will retail for 99 cents each, lower than the average price per bulb of $4. The promotion applies to 13 models that reach the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star labeling standards.

Xcel participated in a similar promotion in Colorado in September.

The promotion is expected to help reduce energy demands as well as meet the state’s mandate to cut its share of greenhouse gases.

Xcel Energy is a Minneapolis-based electricity and natural gas company with operations in eight states.

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Kmart launches Martha Stewart bed, bath decor line

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New York As part of a previously announced rebranding effort for Sears Holdings’ Kmart stores, the retailer introduced a new line of Martha Stewart bed and bath home decor items at a Manhattan store this week

The home goods area of the Astor Place Kmart store was roped off and labeled the “Bluelight District,” playing host to journalists and Sears Holdings representatives.

The day-long event highlighted a new line of higher quality Martha Stewart bed items, furnishings, decor, window treatments and other items.

A“Mr. Blue Light” mascot was on hand, further illustrating Kmart’s retro brand campaign to focus on its classic “Blue Light Special” in-store promotions. Additionally, the company introduced new house label “Abbey Hill” home decor items as part of the event.

Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings, which operates 3,800 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada.

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Tim-Br Marts names new vp-merchandise

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Canadian buying group Tim-Br Marts has named Randy Martin vp–merchandise.

Martin formerly served as director of hardlines and imports for Tim-Br Marts. In his new position, he will lead buying teams in the company’s Calgary, Mississauga and Halifax offices, and he will be overseeing all facets of vendor programs in purchasing.

Martin has worked in the retail lumber, building materials and hardware industry for 30 years, having served in positions at Home Depot and Totem Building Supplies.

Tim-Br Marts represents more than 600 member locations in Canada.

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