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Orchard: Back to the future

BY HBSDealer Staff
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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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Orchard opens new store in Silicon Valley

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San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Hardware chain opened a 60,000-sq.-ft. store in a former Mervyns location, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal

The official opening was Saturday. The store is a relocation of a previous store located in nearby San Jose. It will feature a new format unveiled two years ago in Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Billings Hardware embraces fruits and vegetables

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What started as a strategy to boost the sales of canning supplies, a farmers-market event has grown this year at Billings Hardware in Montana, according to an article in the Billings Gazette.

Billings Hardware tried the farmers market last year, with a trailer-load of produce. This year, the store brought in three trailers, including 3,000 cases of peaches, according to the report. The event was expected to run through Sunday.

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