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In Quebec, RONA opens 17th Reno-Depot store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Boucherville, Quebec-based RONA opened a new Reno-Depot store in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The 102,000-sq.-ft. store is part of the company’s "new generation" of stores.

The store is the 17th to carry the Reno-Depot banner. At the center of the store is the Project Space, a consultation area where customers can meet with experienced advisers — called Project Guides — to discuss their renovation projects.

The central aisle is lined with boutiques offering various decoration and finishing products, such as flooring, doors and windows, kitchens, bathrooms, paint, interior decoration and storage. The storage boutique, an emerging priority for consumers, is located near the entrance to the store. 

"RONA is proud to continue developing its network and to offer the people of Vaudreuil-Dorion a big-box store with an innovative concept, built to meet the criteria of the LEED system for new construction," said Robert Dutton, RONA president and CEO. 

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Behr “Paints the Town,” literally

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The City of Meadows Place, Texas, will receive special paint privileges from Behr Process Corp. through an unusual partnership and promotion.

Under the deal, Behr’s products and colors will become the official paint standard for building exteriors in the one-square-mile city.

Through this partnership, Behr will be supporting the city’s initiative to use Behr paint throughout its community by supplying exterior paint for 10 residential homes, paint and labor for three of those homes, and expert counsel on local contractors, among other painting resources.

"Behr is proud to partner with City of Meadows Place," said Joe Richardson, senior VP professional products and services for Behr, a division of Masco Corp. "We’re honored that an exemplary city such as City of Meadows Place has selected our quality painting products as the official paint standard for its building exteriors. We are happy that we can help the city create and maintain a distinct and exceptional community through building preservation and aesthetic updates." 

The mayor of City of Meadows Place, Charles Jessup, made the link between quality paint and property values, and intends to create a "city ordinance specifying the color combinations listed in the Behr Exterior Color Card as the pre-approved standard for all homes within the city."

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Consumers buying banned pesticides online

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A warning issued on March 22 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that U.S. consumers can still purchase harmful home and garden insecticides over the Internet. 

More than 2,800 customers across the United States have purchased an ant control product called “Fast Ant Bait” through fastpestcontrol.com, according to the EPA. The product contains mirex, a pesticide that was banned in 1978 because it can cause liver, skin, reproductive and nerve damage.

The EPA became aware of the product after the Washington State Department of Health reported that a woman became ill after using it in her home. In response, the EPA identified and warned three online companies, 2Checkout.com, CCNow and eBay to cease processing orders for the product that was produced and mailed from China. The three companies cooperated and immediately ceased processing orders. Consumers can no longer purchase products from fastpestcontrol.com, the original site that offered the product for sale.  

The companies also worked with the EPA to provide sales information, which allowed the agency to contact customers directly about the dangers posed by the pesticide and proper disposal methods. 

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