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Orchard Supply names new president

BY Ken Clark

San Jose, California-based home improvement retailer Orchard Supply Hardware, a division of Lowe’s, has named Bob Tellier as president, HBSDealer has learned.

Tellier is formerly senior VP of merchandising for the West Coast chain with 71 stores in California and three in Oregon.

Lowe’s executive Richard Maltsbarger had previously held the title of OSH president. Maltsbarger, who also serves Lowe’s as director of new business development, will continue to oversee the company’s stand-alone, West Coast operation, according to a source close to the situation.

 Lowe’s acquired Orchard Supply out of bankruptcy in late 2013. Its history as a California institution dates back to its founding as a purchasing co-operative back in 1931.

Today, the company’s stores average about 36,000 sq. ft., plus about 8,000 sq. ft. of outdoor nursery.

In an interview with HBSDealer last year, Tellier described the company this way: “We are true to our roots and we stand for hardware.”

The promotion of Tellier, a former merchant and vice president for Chicago-based True Value Company, to president of Orchard Supply is the second major shift at the top in recent months. In July of last year, the company split with Steve Mahurin, its chief retail officer.

A spokeswoman for Orchard Supply Hardware confirmed the appointment of Tellier.

[The above article has been updated to include official confirmation of the appointment.]

 

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Editor picks: Prison for Depot bomb plotter

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From the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials: a former Home Depot associate never got the chance to make good on his bomb threats. Also, a recovering hardware store and the 30-hour week under Obamacare.

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Lowe’s throws down for schools

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Lowe's has donated $2.3 million in grants for public schools via the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation.

The Lowe's Toolbox for Education grants, aimed at funding school-improvement projects for K-12 public schools, will go to 515 schools in 46 states during the program's fall 2014 grant cycle.

"The Lowe's Toolbox for Education program delivers on Lowe's commitment to improve the educational environment for students across the country," said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "We're honored to work with schools in our communities to support the needs of our local students, teachers and families."

Some specific applications of the grants include technology and safety improvements, library renovations, walking trails and outdoor learning environments.

Grant recipients for this past fall include Metcalfe Elementary School of Gainesville, Florida, which received $20,000 for a new playground; Jewell Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado, where $5,000 is going toward a Parent Resource Center; and Priest Elementary School in Detroit, which got $3,000 for an outdoor classroom.

Lowe's has awarded $4.7 million in grants to more than 1,100 schools this past year.

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