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Orchard Supply opens new Portland location in Hollywood Bowl Building

BY HBSDealer Staff

Orchard Supply Hardware is opening a new location in Portland's historic Hollywood Bowl Building, with a grand opening celebration beginning this May 16.

"Portland's community values, pride in ownership and strong do-it-yourself mentality are ideals that Orchard Supply Hardware has embodied for nearly 85 years," said president Bob Tellier. "Growing in Oregon was a natural step for us — we were thrilled to bring stores to Beaverton and Tigard in 2013, and look forward to becoming an active member of NE Portland's Hollywood neighborhood."

[Orchard Supply was named Retailer of the Year at the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Read article here.]

The new store, located at 4030 N.E. Halsey Street, marks Orchard Supply's third Oregon location.

It occupies 40,000 sq. ft., the equivalent of one city block near the Hollywood Transit Center and MAX station.

Its design also features throwbacks to the old bowling alley site, including wood from original lanes. Local artist Loey Hargrove also painted a custom mural to reflect the local community.

"Over the past few months, the Portland-Hollywood store team has loved getting to know our surrounding community," said Zesiger. "The 69 associates from the area have helped all of us to get to know the neighborhood, and we're looking forward to continuing to create relationships here over the coming years."

The grand opening ceremony will kick off a weekend-long celebration beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the 16th, with door giveaways, live entertainment and prizes to boot: the first 100 people in line will receive a $25 gift card, and the first 500 customers in the store will get a canvas shopping tote.

A ribbon-cutting, led by store manager Jeff Zesiger, will take place at 6:55 a.m. Zesiger will also present the store's local charity partner, Friends of Trees, with a $5,000 donation.

"It's been a pleasure working with Jeff and his team over the past several months to help Orchard Supply Hardware establish roots in the community," said Andy Meeks, Friends of Trees' development manager. "OSH's commitment to helping their neighbors aligns with and directly supports Friends of Trees' work in bringing members of nearby neighborhoods together to plant street and yard trees together. We look forward to partnering with them for many years to come."

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Lowe’s takes over 13 Target leases in Canada

BY HBSDealer Staff

At 13 big-box locations in Canada, Lowe’s is picking up where Target left off.

Lowe's Canada plans to acquire the leases of 13 former Target Canada locations and to purchase Target's Milton, Ontario distribution center for a total purchase price of approximately C$151 million (US$125 million).

The deal came as part of a real estate auction following Target's decision to cease operations in Canada.

“Since opening stores in Canada in 2007, we have developed a successful model for providing the Canadian customer with outstanding service and quality products for the home," said Sylvain Prud'homme, president of Lowe's Canada. "These additional locations will accelerate our expansion across the country, enhancing our presence in Western Canada and strengthening our base in Ontario. We are excited to bring Lowe's to more customers in more communities in Canada, further demonstrating our commitment to this important market."

 Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s operates 38 stores in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia with more than 6,000 employees.

The store sites are located across Canada, many in markets where Lowe's is underpenetrated. The distribution centre in Milton, Ontario is strategically located to serve Lowe's current and future stores, according to the number-two U.S. home improvement chain.

The proposed acquisitions are subject to court approval in Target Canada's proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and certain other customary conditions. Completion of the court run process is expected by June 30, 2015. 

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Hardware Store All Stars: Maryland & Hawaii

BY Steph Koyfman

Selecting 50 All Stars never gets any easier, and in 2015, HBSDealer editors were faced with an embarrassment of riches when it came to qualified candidates.

After the nominations were in, it was a matter of finding the retailer with a little extra — be it exceptional service, an unusual market niche, or perhaps just a really great story.

The April issue of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer magazine contains the full list of 2015 honorees. Here are more highlights, two states at a time, of the class of 2015. 

Annapolis, Maryland: K&B True Value
Though K&B recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, it certainly packs a lot into a small space: not only is there over 200 years of collective experience amongst its current staff, but its sales floor is home to more than 25,000 SKUs.

K&B gets its rap as a go-to destination for bird food and home cleaning products, but the retailer says its community involvement has been key to its success.

"Several times a year, the store gives space to area non-profit organizations from the SPCA to the Oyster Recovery Project to the Lighthouse Shelter (local homeless shelter) to help them spread the word and raise funds," said marketing manager Jennifer Johnson. "We have a popcorn machine that local scout troops and kids sports organizations set up in the store on Saturdays to help them raise funds. K&B has also helped local schools receive paint grants from True Value’s Painting a Brighter Future and donated the painting supplies. Every fall, we run a 'Cash for Schools' program were a portion of every sale is donated to the customer’s local school of choice."

K&B also excels in energy efficiency thanks to an extensive solar panel system on its roof. They also participate in rain barrel/composter events and provide battery and light bulb recycling services.

Multiple locations, Hawaii: Pioneer Ace Hardware
Pioneer Ace Hardware manages to be all things to all people — or at least come very close.

As Ace's Honolulu outpost, Pioneer Ace Hardware has earned a reputation among locals as the go-to destination of all of one's obscure home improvement needs — especially those hard-to-find replacement parts. Customers get what they need at a good price, and that's not even mentioning the time and frustration savings they get from dealing with an astute retailer.

Of course, all of that hard-to-find stock would be worth little without quick, convenient service. Going the extra mile means getting a bit of know-how on that plumbing project you're shopping for.

The 2015 Hardware Store All Stars series is sponsored by Epicor.

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