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Menards to sell denim insulation

BY Brae Canlen

Bonded Logic, a company that sells insulation made from recycled denim, has landed a contract with Menards, according to an article in the Arizona Republic

The Chandler, Ariz, company will sell its Ultratouch Denim Insulation product in 262 Menards stores in 13 Midwestern states. The product will also be available by special order. 

Bonded Logic plans to add another shift to its factory in early 2012, according to a spokesman. The company is also negotiating with Lowe’s, but a deal may be months away, he added.

Eau Claire, Wis.-based Menards is the first large home-improvement chain to carry Bonded Logic’s recycled denim insulation. Mostly the product is sold through lumberyard channels, insulation wholesalers, and green building material suppliers. 

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Orchard plans to close Antioch, Calif., store

BY HBSDealer Staff

According to an article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News, Orchard Supply Hardware will close in Antioch, Calif., before the end of the year.

The closing is a result of the San Jose, Calif.-based company’s "ongoing evaluation of store performances," according to the article. The retailer has been at the location on Buchanan Road since 1987.

 

 

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Orchard: Back to the future

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In late 2009, Orchard completed the renovation of its Santa Rosa, Calif., location. The 48,000-sq.-ft. store is a celebration of the company’s 79-year history.

The hardware retailer created zones within the store that focus on Indoors, Outdoors, and Hardware & Tools. Each of the three sections is emphasized with decor, color blocking, finishes and fixtures. The Indoors area features painted beadboard materials and a marigold coloration; the Outdoors zone has galvanized and corrugated metals, highlighted with a leafy green palette; and Hardware & Tools is characterized by brick red details and raw construction-grade flakeboard.

Working with design firm JGA of Southfield, Mich., Orchard Supply Hardware introduced its brand history into the design:

• A classic truck — like those owned by the original co-op members — serves as a merchandising prop for seasonal displays;
• Graphic details, such as the inch marks of a tape measure, enhance the space;
• Signage helps the customer shop;
• Display fixtures reinforce the company’s working, agricultural and cooperative history; and
• Suspended “stay-mobiles” in various departments, like paint, tools and garden, are made with such materials as recycled paint can lids and garden tools. In addition to the store’s unique design, the company also minded its carbon footprint. It chose eco-friendly products and materials for the remodel.

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