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Orchard gives update on progress, names VP marketing

BY HBSDealer Staff

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores has announced continuing progress with key operating and financial initiatives under its repositioning strategy:

• The company reduced its debt by more than $90 million during the past 12 months and secured financing for store remodels, primarily by executing multiple sale-leaseback transactions;

• Orchard refinanced its Senior Secured Credit Facility in October. As of Oct. 27, the company had about $64 million of cash and credit available;

• The company now has eight stores in its new neighborhood format; and

• The company engaged Moelis & Co. to lead in the refinancing efforts of Orchard’s Senior Secured Term Loan. The company obtained a short-term waiver from its current term loan lenders related to compliance with the leverage ratio covenant for the Oct. 27 measurement period.

"I am pleased that we continue to make significant progress against our initiatives and greatly appreciate the support of our lenders as we work over the next several weeks to continue to strengthen Orchard’s financial position,” said Mark Baker, Orchard president and CEO. 

Orchard also appointed retail veteran Samantha Osselaer, 48, to the newly created position of VP marketing, effective Nov. 5. Osselaer will lead marketing strategies that will help support the company’s continuing repositioning efforts. She will report directly to Baker.

Osselaer has more than 20 years of experience in multichannel retail marketing, brand strategy, print and broadcast advertising and e-commerce development.

Prior to joining Orchard, Osselaer was senior director, creative and branding with Overstock.com. Previously, she served as VP brand creative at Frontgate and VP and creative director for Smith & Hawken and Macy’s. 

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Fire damages Pennsylvania Ace store

BY Brae Canlen

A fire that broke out on Oct. 27 caused serious damage to an Ace Hardware store in Covington Township, Pa., according to an article in the Moscow Villager

Firefighters from several local fire companies were called in to fight the blaze, which started at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the entrance to the store. Initial reports pointed to an electrical cause.

The store, located in a shopping center called Bill’s Plaza, also sustained damage to the roof, the newspaper reported.

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Kansas hardware store to close

BY HBSDealer Staff

Jim’s Builders Hardware in Wichita, Kan., is closing after more than three decades, according to an article in The Wichita Eagle.

“We’re just closing because of the economy,” owner Jeanne McKiernan told the paper. “It’s really a melancholy situation. We didn’t want to close.”

McKiernan’s late husband, Jim, and a business partner started the company in 1979. The store then moved to Delano in Wichita. 

McCurdy Auction will auction the property and its contents on Nov. 28.

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