Orchard Supply president describes ‘shining’ future
San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Hardware president Richard Maltsbarger said the future looks bright for the West Coast chain, especially after a $20 million investment in Northern California stores.
The investment includes a complete rebuild of the Orchard Supply Hardware San Jose – Midtown, which will serve as the flagship of the 73-store chain that stretches from Portland, Oregon, to Southern California.
“The San Jose – Midtown Orchard location reflects our deep California roots dating back to 1931 when the first store was founded by a cooperative of Santa Clara Valley fruit growers,” said Maltsbarger. “The brand new store, built and designed from the ground up, is a statement about the shining future of the Orchard Supply Hardware brand and our plans for future growth all along the West Coast.”
Additionally, Orchard has invested to remodel and modernize stores in San Rafael, Livermore and East Modesto. Every remodeled and new Orchard store reflects the company’s new neighborhood format, which is designed to optimize traffic flow and minimize wait time — all enhanced by Orchard’s legendary customer service.
Orchard is owned by Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s. The California chain operates, however, as a stand-alone business.
“We have a significant opportunity to capture market share not being met by big-box or smaller, specialty retailers,” said Maltsbarger. “We meet the specific needs of local customers focusing on the unique features of their neighborhoods. For example, a neighborhood with predominantly multi-family units will have different hardware and garden needs than a store in a suburban community.”
DeWalt rolls out TSTAK storage
DeWalt introduced the new TSTAK Trolley — model DWST179999 — joining the TSTAK family of storage solutions.
The new TSTAK Trolley features front casters that swivel 360 degrees and heavy-duty air filled back wheels for easy maneuverability. Side latches on the TSTAK Trolley provide easy connectivity for carrying and safe stacking. A three-position telescopic aluminum handle adjusts for convenient mobility. The Trolley’s load capacity is up to 220 pounds and retails for approximately $129.99 in the independent channel.
The Trolley is designed for stacking and pulling all the components of the TSTAK family of innovative storage solutions.
The clear top organizer — model DWST17805 — incorporates small parts storage into the TSTAK system. The organizer comes complete with nine removable compartments for small parts storage or, when removed, power tool or hand tool storage. The heavy-duty polycarbonate, clear, impact-resistant lid locks the compartments into place. This prevents the items being stored from shifting and getting mixed if the box is accidentally overturned. The DWST17805 will retail for approximately $34.99 in the independent channel.
The deep box organizer — model DWST17806 — provides users with the largest storage capacity of the TSTAK units. This allows users to store larger power tools and hand tools within their TSTAK system. A removable tray is included in this unit. The DWST17806 will retail for approximately $34.99 in the independent channel.
As the weight of tools quickly adds up and to allow easy transportation of tools, DeWalt has launched the TSTAK cart — model DWST17889. The cart features four 360-degree swiveling wheels for maximum maneuverability. Side latches securely connect the user’s TSTAK storage units to the cart.
The DWST17889 is compact and lightweight for easy handling and storage when not in use. A load capacity of up to 110 pounds (50 kilograms) allows the user to transport up to five TSTAK units. The cart will retail for approximately $59.99 and will be available in the independent channel.
Obituary: Jack Jahntz, first STAFDA president
Jack T. Jahntz, one of the original co-founders of the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association when it formed in 1977 and the group’s first president, died at the age of 85.
Jahntz was a partner, former president and CEO of L.W. Meyer & Son of Wisconsin. He retired from Meyer in 1996.
According to his obituary page of the Krause Funeral Home web site, “Jack enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jack was an avid reader and a great conversationalist.”