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Orchard opens new store in Silicon Valley

BY HBSDealer Staff

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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New opening for Orchard

BY Brae Canlen

Orchard, the California home improvement chain formerly known as Orchard Supply Hardware or OSH, is opening a new store in South San Jose on Sept. 17. The new unit will be the company’s 89th location. 

The 60,000-sq.-ft. store is designed with a “racetrack” configuration and features an expanded customer-service area referred to as the “Workbench.” This is where customers will go for help with lock rekeying, custom-cutting of rope, lumber, screens and other materials, pipe threading, and tool and knife sharpening. The paint section has been enlarged, and the store includes a large indoor/outdoor nursery and garden supply area. 

“We believe that we occupy a very sweet spot in the retail landscape,” said Orchard CEO Mark Baker. “We offer a welcoming, low-stress shopping experience, and a carefully selected range of products in each store, specific to what the neighbors of that store are looking for, along with a much larger selection than the typical hardware store. We believe that our formula means that Orchard will ‘own’ the neighborhood market for home repair, home maintenance, painting and especially backyard living.”

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