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Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores continue Make-A-Wish partnership

BY Andy Carlo

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the holiday season.

During “Wish Week,” shoppers can purchase items at Black Friday prices before Thanksgiving. From Nov. 16 to 22 at all Sears Outlets and from November 19 to 22 at all Sears Hometown, Appliance and Hardware Stores and Home Appliance Showrooms, customers can make a $5 donation to Make-A-Wish to receive exclusive Black Friday pricing.

“Through our Wish Week promotion, we hope to give our customers the opportunity to avoid the crowds on Thanksgiving and sleep in on Black Friday,” said Will Powell, CEO and president of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. “Our customers have told us they value giving back and their support of our annual holiday Make-A-Wish campaigns over the past years have been incredible.”

In addition to Wish Week, Sears is accepting donations for Make-A-Wish through Dec. 31 to help Make-A-Wish reach its goal of granting the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

The partnership between Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores and Make-A-Wish started in 2014. The retailer said it expects to surpass $5 million in donations by the end of their 2017 holiday campaign, “Season of Wishes,” bringing the total number of life changing wishes granted to more than 500.

“Every year we strive to give more because we have seen the positive impact a wish has on a child facing a life-threatening illness,” Powell said. “Our store owners, franchisees and associates believe we have a responsibility to do good things to support the community we serve.”

Powell also said that the partnership with Make-A-Wish inspired Sears Hometown and Outlet stores to create its own program in 2016, called SHOwecare, “to seek more opportunities to support communities across a variety of organizations’ charitable campaigns on the local and national level.”

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is an independent national retailer, with a license to use the Sears brand name, primarily focused on selling home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware. As of Nov. 10, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores and its dealers and franchisees operated 924 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda. 

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HBSDealer Stock Watch: Strong Friday finish

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Derby Building Products names new CEO

BY Andy Carlo

Ralph Bruno has been named CEO of Derby Building Products. Formerly known as Novik, Derby manufactures the Tando and Novik brands of exterior cladding products.

In his new role, Bruno will provide strategic direction and leadership for the company, as its Tando and Novik brands of shake and stone continue to expand throughout the U.S. and Canada, the company said in a press release. Francois Giroux, who held the CEO position since 2014 for Novik, recently announced his retirement. 

“It is humbling to be selected leader of such a great company,” Bruno said. “Francois Giroux built an incredible operational foundation over the past seven years, serving as general manager, CFO and then as CEO. This foundation gives our team a platform to grow our share and reach in the marketplace."

Prior to joining Derby, Bruno was national sales manager of Trex Company in the early 1990s before starting Azek Building Products in 2000 — where he served as president until 2009. The Azek brand was conceived and developed by Bruno, under the supportive ownership of Clearview Capital, the same team that owns Derby Building Products. Bruno joined Derby as president in 2014.

“Our Derby team and distribution partners, like our unique products, are second to none," Bruno said. "Over the years, it has been an exciting journey to help grow the market with brands that have completely changed and shaped the face of the exterior building materials industry. The opportunity for the team at Derby and our customers is even greater than my past experiences."

Based in Quebec City, Quebec, Derby maintains manufacturing facilities in Canada and Miami. 

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