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At new appliance store, who’s afraid of showrooming?

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores opened its latest Florida Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Sunrise, Florida.

The store is is one of six Sears Home Appliance Showrooms owned and operated by Michael Myers.

"Our new Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Sunrise offers the local community great appliances at a competitive price with expert product knowledge right at their fingertips," said Myers. "We focus on providing convenience and accessibility to the products our customers need and want. Our goal is to become a valuable community partner by striving to offer the highest level of customer service and building relationships with local residents, businesses, organizations and community groups."

According to the company, the stores are embracing the trend of "showrooming," whereby consumers visit the brick-and-mortar store to browse merchandise, and then search for low prices and purchase online.

The company says that a price-match policy at Sunrise Sears Home Appliance Showroom guarantees the lowest price on the top appliance brands, and is equipped with an Internet kiosk where customers are guided by sales staff to view similar products, price match with other retailers and order products not available in the store.

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From Target to RadioShack to hhgregg COO

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Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg Inc. hired Troy H. Risch as chief operating officer.

Risch joins hhgregg from RadioShack, where he served as executive VP store operations. Prior to this, he held a variety of operational leadership positions with Target Corp., including executive VP stores. Risch will assume the COO position on May 5, 2014.

“Troy’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge will make him a key addition to hhgregg’s executive team," said Dennis May, hhgregg president and CEO. "As we continue to transform the company, Troy’s expansive experience in retail store operations and real estate will be instrumental in driving the strategic initiatives for hhgregg’s long-term growth. We look forward to Troy joining the team.”

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Installed Building Products hires Todd Fry as CAO

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Installed Building Products has welcomed Todd Fry to the company as chief accounting officer and principal accounting officer.

Reporting to CFO Michael Miller, Fry will bring his considerable financial experience to bear on his new role. He was most recently CFO of Champion Industries, a role he served in for 15 years.

“I am pleased to welcome Todd to IBP as we continue to expand our operations,” said Miller. “Todd is a highly accomplished financial professional, and we believe his 20-plus years of experience in key leadership positions, including 17 years at publicly traded companies, will help continue to strengthen our financial management. We look forward to leveraging his financial expertise as we continue to grow our business.”

Fry’s resume also includes roles at Broughton Foods Company and Coopers & Lybrand.

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