Orchard Supply to open Oregon stores
Orchard Supply Hardware Stores will open its first two Oregon stores in Portland and Tigard. Construction will begin this month, and the build-out is expected to be completed during the first half of 2013.
"We have wanted to bring Orchard to Oregon for a long time, and we’re thrilled to finally be entering the market," said Mark Baker, president and CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware. "Oregon’s community values, pride in ownership and strong do-it-yourself mentality are ideals we’ve lived as a company for more than 80 years. Our stores deliver the variety of merchandise that customers demand, with the high-touch, knowledgeable service necessary to keep the fun in do-it-yourself projects. We look forward to being an active member of this vibrant community."
The Portland store will be located at 10860 SW Barnes Rd. in the former Bally’s Fitness space, and the Tigard store will be located at 9770 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. across from Washington Square in the former Ultimate Electronics building.
Founded in 1931, Orchard now operates 89 full-service stores throughout California. The Oregon openings represent the first out-of-state expansion for the company, and each location is expected to employ about 100 people. Orchard is also looking for additional locations in the greater Portland area.
Orchard’s stores feature a "race-track" layout, which maximizes traffic flow and helps customers find items fast. The company’s stores also offer an expanded and centralized customer-service area referred to as the "Workbench," where customers get assistance with basic hardware needs.
CNRG acquires Wake Forest Ace
Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group, or CNRG, said it acquired Ace Hardware in Wake Forest, N.C., and will rebrand the store as Town & Country Hardware.
The 12,500-sq.-ft. store located at 910 Gateway Commons Circle in Wake Forest will be the eighth store under CNRG’s Town & Country Hardware brand in North Carolina.
Phillip Helms, the stores’ owner, will join CNRG as district manager for the Town & Country stores.
“Phillip has built a great store in Wake Forest and has a distinguished career in retail,” said Boyden Moore, president of CNRG. “Philip will help us build the Town & Country brand throughout North Carolina. We are excited about this step forward in our growth and look forward to more to come.”
CNRG currently operates 38 home center and hardware stores in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina under the Home Hardware Center, Morrison Terrebonne Lumber Center, NFL Home Center, Elliott’s Hardware and Town & Country Hardware brands.
Delaware dealer hurt in store blaze
A fire that that heavily damaged Burton Bros. Hardware in Seaford, Del., sent one of the store owners to the hospital for smoke inhalation, according to an article in the News Journal.
Ric and Ron Marvel, ages 58 and 62, both responded to the fire alarm at their store as members of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. It was Ric, the younger brother, who was injured.
Scores of firefighters from numerous fire companies arrived after the local volunteers and battled the blaze for two hours. One firefighter was treated at a local hospital for burns.
While a garage annex holding the store’s stock of large appliances escaped damage, the main hardware store — built in 1893 and on the National Register of Historic Places — sustained major water and smoke damage on the first and second floors. The cause is still under investigation.