Menards put on hold in Ohio
Plans to build a new Menards store in Columbus, Ohio, have been delayed until economic conditions improve, according to an article in the Columbus Dispatch. The newspaper reported that the Eau Claire, Wis., chain of home improvement stores, which operates 11 stores in Ohio, will build the anchor store in Westland Mall, a mostly vacant shopping center that will be torn down and redeveloped.
The delay will affect a proposed 180,000-square-foot Menards store in another Columbus mall called Northland Village, according to the report. Menards plans to build several stores in the Columbus area at the same time so it can coordinate a marketing campaign around them, the newspaper said.
Home Depot China appoints new president
Simon Chuen has been appointed president of Home Depot China, replacing Yves Chen, who resigned the position in November, the company said.
Chuen, who formerly served as Home Depot China’s vp-merchandising, will be responsible for managing the China operations and will work closely with The Home Depot China management team.
Home Depot said Chen, 52, a former executive of Beijing Hualian Hypermarket and Carrefour China, “left due to personal reasons.”
Home Depot acquired Tianjin HomeWay Building Materials Supermarkets in late 2006 and now operates 12 stores in Beijing, Tianjin, Xi’n, Qingdao, Shenyang and Zhengzhou.
“The Home Depot remains strongly committed to and will continue focusing on providing the best quality home-improvement products and services for Chinese customers through close collaboration with partners, relevant government agencies and the communities,” Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake told HCN.
During the company’s third-quarter conference call, Home Depot CEO Frank Blake described comparable-store sales in China as negative, largely due to the impact of the Olympics held in China in August.
Ace concludes Helpful Places campaign
On Dec. 3, Ace Hardware surprised the Camp Fire USA North Central Montana Council in Great Falls, Mont., with a $10,000 makeover, completing the “New Faces for Helpful Places” campaign for 2008.
Ace awarded money and makeover services to a total of 10 community organizations over the last several weeks, each receiving a surprise visit from Lou Manfredini, Ace’s “Helpful Hardware Man,” as well as a group of area Ace store owners and managers.
The contest began in August, when the Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op began receiving entries from community organizations in need of a facelift. The 10 winners were chosen from more than 2,600 entries.
The renovation projects will take place in early 2009, and each project will be led by Manfredini and a group of local volunteers from each local market.
In addition to Camp Fire USA, other winning entries were as follows: Santa Maria Urban Ministry (San Jose, Calif.); Rio Vista Center (Phoenix, Ariz.); Macon Teen Challenge (Macon, Ga.); The Salvation Army of Lee County (Fort Myers, Fla.); Chattanooga Rescue Mission (Chattanooga, Tenn.); Springtides (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Kids Kicking Cancer (Detroit, Mich.); First Step Home (Cincinnati, Ohio); and The Little Angel Fund (Farmingville, N.Y.).