OSH: Back to the future
In late 2009, Orchard Supply Hardware completed the renovation of its Santa Rosa, Calif., location. The 48,000-sq.-ft. store is a celebration of the company’s 79-year history.
The hardware retailer created zones within the store that focus on Indoors, Outdoors, and Hardware & Tools. Each of the three sections is emphasized with decor, color blocking, finishes and fixtures. The Indoors area features painted beadboard materials and a marigold coloration; the Outdoors zone has galvanized and corrugated metals, highlighted with a leafy green palette; and Hardware & Tools is characterized by brick red details and raw construction-grade flakeboard.
Working with design firm JGA of Southfield, Mich., OSH introduced its brand history into the design:
Aclassic truck—like those owned by the original co-op members—serves as a merchandising prop for seasonal displays;
Graphic details, such as the inch marks of a tape measure, enhance the space;
Signage helps the customer shop;
Display fixtures reinforce the company’s working, agricultural and cooperative history; and
Suspended “stay-mobiles” in various departments, like paint, tools and garden, are made with such materials as recycled paint can lids and garden tools.
In addition to the store’s unique design, the company also minded its carbon footprint. It chose eco-friendly products and materials for the remodel.
ProBuild to add units in Utah, Virginia
ProBuild Holdings has announced the opening of new locations in Orem, Utah, and Winchester, Va.
The Orem location, aformer Capital Building Supply location that had vacated the property earlier this year, will open with nine employees. It is ProBuild’s fourth in the state of Utah, joining Heber City, Midvale (Salt Lake City) and Ogden. The Orem facility will contain a millwork shop and has already been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
The Winchester location, formerly operated as Glaize Components, will extend ProBuild’s capabilities to serve the Washington, D.C./Baltimore markets. Winchester will manufacture components including roof trusses, floor trusses and wall panels. The 18-acre site will also feature a full-service lumberyard.
“We continue to see opportunities where we can expand into new markets to better serve our customers,” said ProBuild senior VP corporate development Michael Mahre, who just joined the company this week. “These new locations are great instances where we can bring the market-leading value of ProBuild’s products and services to serve strong and growing markets.”
ProBuild is the nation’s largest LBM chain, with more than 470 locations serving 42 states.
Stock names new VP sales
Stock Building Supply, an affiliate of The Gores Group, has hired Nigel Stobart as VP sales. Stobart will lead Stock’s sales teams, as well as sales-related initiatives.
Stobart has been serving as strategic adviser to Raleigh, N.C.-based Stock in connection with its process improvement initiatives.
“I am very excited to join Stock at such an important and exciting point in its history,” Stobart said in a prepared statement. “Every sale starts with fulfilling a customer’s need. I have been impressed with the significant efforts Stock has taken in the sales arena and look forward to further sharpening the company’s focus. I have dedicated a significant portion of my career to supporting the sales process and know that our efforts will strengthen our position as an independent, stand-alone company with a sound strategy.”
Stobart most recently served as senior VP and chief operating officer for Wire One Communications in Pennsylvania. In this role, he led restructuring initiatives and managed the service and product operations, as well as the human resources team.
Prior to Wire One, he served as senior director of sales operations for the professional business group at Gateway. Before that, he was with Bain & Co., advising his clients on mission-critical projects. Stobart holds a bachelor of economics and a law degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago. Before attending business school, Stobart held positions with law firms in Melbourne and London.
“He brings tremendous experience, and we are fortunate to have him lead this critical function,” said Stock CEO Joe Appelmann.