Sears Hometown opens a trio of stores
Two Sears Hometown Stores opened in Colorado, Florida and Virginia and will be celebrating grand opening ceremonies this weekend.
In Florida, the new store is located in Ocoee at 8849 W. Colonial Drive. The new Virginia store is located at 6623 Richmond Road in Williamsburg. Both locations will be offering 10% discounts through the weekend, plus special grand opening giveaways.
The new Sears Hometown Store in Colorado is located in Longmont, at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd.
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, which broke away from Sears Holdings last year, has a national footprint of about 1,240 stores.
In the store, brands include Kenmore, Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Bosch, Frigidaire and GE, plus a large assortment of lawn and garden equipment, Craftsman tools, fitness equipment, electronics and mattresses.
House-Hasson forecasts strong 2014 for hardware stores and LBM
House-Hasson Hardware reported sales increases at its winter dealer market, which the distributor takes to indicate that 2014 will be a lucrative year for hardware stores and lumberyards in general.
President Don Hasson noted that sales were up 14% — across the board — at the January dealer market in Nashville. He added that accelerating home sales are giving dealers added confidence.
“When we offer discounts on merchandise at a market, if dealers’ confidence in their economic prospects are low, they may buy 30 days of inventory of those products," said Hasson. "If confidence is high, dealers buy 60 days or more. That’s what we saw at this market: confidence. Consumers are also a little happier and spending a bit more money. The general overview of the hardware and lumberyard business looks positive.”
According to House-Hasson, severe winter weather is also promoting increased customer activity at hardware stores.
AHMA leads group to Europe, again
For the 27th time, the American Hardware Manufacturers Association’s USA Pavilion will this year celebrate 27 years as an exhibitor at the International Hardware Fair Cologne in Cologne, Germany, scheduled to run from March 9 through March 12, 2014.
“AHMA is proud of its long history of helping U.S. manufacturers find international distribution for their products at the International Hardware Fair,” said Timothy Farrell, president and CEO of the AHMA. “We are confident this year’s AHMA / USA Pavilion at the 2014 International Hardware Fair Cologne will provide significant opportunities for our participating exhibitors to strengthen existing relationships and develop new relationships with trading partners around the world.”
Over the years, the AHMA / USA Pavilion has become a familiar destination for the world’s buyers interested in American companies and products, the group said. Once again this year, the pavilion, one of the show’s largest, will be centrally located where buyers have become accustomed to finding it in Hall 4.2.
AHMA is also continuing its tradition of hosting a reception during the show – to take place on March 11, at the historic Peters Brauhaus in old town (Altstadt/Nord) Cologne.
The reception is open to all AHMA / USA Pavilion participating exhibitors and their invited customers.