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Orchard Supply to relaunch Los Angeles store

BY HBSDealer Staff

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores has announced the planned grand reopening of its expanded West Los Angeles store on Oct. 20, which marks the continuing rollout of its new neighborhood store format. The location (2020 S. Bundy Drive) has been operational since opening in 1994.

"The West Los Angeles location has been a great performer for Orchard, and we believe this expanded and enhanced store will enable us to better serve the home improvement needs of our local customers," said Mark Baker, Orchard Supply Hardware president and CEO. "We have fully transformed the interior and nursery to reflect our innovative, new neighborhood store format, while also nearly doubling the number of parking spaces available for customers."

The store’s selling space will be expanded by the merchandising of a mezzanine. The nursery will also be expanded, featuring improved aesthetics and providing greater access for customers from the parking lot.

The new stores that Orchard is opening and the existing locations it is upgrading are expected to help the company take advantage of the "white space" between small, independently owned hardware stores and big-box home improvement stores. By the end of 2012, Orchard plans to have 12 stores operating in this new format.

In September, Orchard added two California stores to its rollout, with the grand re-openings of a pair of stores in the company’s hometown of San Jose on Oct. 6. 

The new layout is based on a race-track configuration, which maximizes traffic flow. The store also features an expanded and centralized customer-service area — the "Workbench.”

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Harrison’s Hardware lives on

BY Brae Canlen

Harrison’s Hardware, a fixture in downtown Milford, Conn., until a fire forced it to close six years ago, will be resurrected — in parts — by a gourmet pizza chain.

According to an article in the Connecticut Post, The Colony Grill will open its third Connecticut location on the site of the old hardware store early next year. In keeping with its theme, The Colony will incorporate local memorabilia as part of its interior decor.

For the Milford location, this will feature the 15-ft. long Harrison sign, circa 1950s, which is made of sheet metal and illuminated with neon tubes. Workers are currently dissembling the sign letter by letter. An old scale used to weigh nails and cabinetry with smaller drawers that held nuts and bolts will also be part of the interior design.

The original hardware store, called Harrison & Gold, opened in 1907. When a 2006 fire damaged the Harrison building, gallons of water delivered by the store’s overhead fire sprinklers ruined the store and forced it to close, the newspaper reported.

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Orchard Supply to close unit

BY Brae Canlen

Orchard Supply Hardware will close its San Lorenzo store early next year, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. Located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, San Lorenzo has suffered through an economic downturn that resulted in a number of shuttered storefronts, according to the report.

A spokesman for the company, which operates 88 home improvement stores in California, would not give a specific reason for the closure.

“We are constantly doing store evaluations. It’s not that there was one thing that led to the decision," marketing director Rick Saunders told the newspaper. He added that the San Jose-based chain plans to extensively remodel its San Leandro location after the first of the year, as well as other units in the San Jose area.

San Leandro is approximately two miles from the store slated for closure.

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