Orchard Supply opens near Fisherman’s Wharf
Orchard Supply Hardware has officially opened up shop in San Francisco with a new North Beach location near Fisherman's Wharf.
"We are excited to bring the residents of North Beach a convenient destination and high level of service and expertise for all of their paint, repair or seasonal needs," said Bob Tellier, president of OSH. "Our new urban-focused store will carry more than 35,000 different household and maintenance items uniquely selected to address the specific needs of San Francisco residents."
Customers will be able to avail themselves of typical Orchard Supply offerings, though with products geared toward small, urban spaces.
Services, such as key cutting, rescreening and other maintenance tasks will be available at its Workbench.
The 36,000-sq.-ft. store occupies two buildings connected by a glass skywalk, and it features local touches such as a switch plate mosaic and a six-foot Golden Gate Bridge art piece made of hardware.
"We used different design and visual elements to call attention to some of the unique architectural features of this building, such as highlighting the interior brick wall with a city skyline mural painted directly onto the surface by California artist Tom Adams," said Erica Ecker, director of visual marketing, OSH. "Also, the existing elevator support structure has been painted 'Golden Gate Bridge Red' and will be used to feature our work wear products."
As per Orchard Supply custom, the North Beach store's charity partner will be the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society.
The new store is located at 2598 Taylor Street, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Aug. 1 and 2.
Orchard Supply received the 2015 HBSDealer Retailer of the Year award during a ceremony in Las Vegas in May at the National Hardware Show.
Menards boards the no-phthalate train
Menards has joined Home Depot and Lowe's in its decision to phase out all vinyl flooring containing phthalates, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The move comes in response to an orchestrated effort from environmental and health groups to convince retailers to ban the sale of products containing unsafe chemicals. Though phthalates have been banned from children's products, they have yet to be legally barred from flooring, though they have been shown to cause health problems.
Washington, D.C.-based Safer Chemicals Healthy Families has been behind much of the push, and a petition on Change.org gathered nearly 3,500 signatures, asking founder John Menard, Jr. to ban the products.
Menards told the Journal Sentinel that it would stop selling products containing the toxic chemicals by the end of the year.
"We are still aware of the phthalate concern and have been working diligently with our vendors to eliminate any flooring products that contain phthalates," spokesman Jeff Abbott told the news source.
According to Abbott, less than 7.5% of Menards' vinyl flooring products currently contain phthalates, and the purchase of said products has ceased.
Both Home Depot and Lowe's made similar moves earlier this year.
Hardware All Stars: North Carolina & Kentucky
What do we mean when we say, "All Star?"
It helps to mention that this year's Hardware All Star selection (sponsored by Epicor) was no easy task to arrive at. Many outstanding retailers were brought to our attention, each of which had a compelling story.
However, it's the stores that go above and beyond the call of duty that get the prize, and that can mean different things for different retailers.
The April issue of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer magazine contains the full list of 2015 honorees. Here are highlights from the class of 2015, continuing today with Kentucky and North Carolina.
Ashland, Kentucky: Gibbs True Value
For locals, Gibbs is nothing short of a landmark. Some would say Gibbs had a hand in building, fixing or refreshing the majority of homes in the area, whether it be through helping homeowners find the items they need or offering sage how-to advice to enterprising local DIYers.
For this long-time establishment, it all counts as "keeping it in the family."
West Jefferson, North Carolina: Parker Tie Company
A big player in the paint market, Parker Tie Company has been in business since 1935, supplying the western North Carolina community with a complete line of building supplies, plumbing, electrical and hardware.
Plus, a kitchen and bath showroom is designed to make friends with remodelers and homeowners.