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Something for pros at Depot’s Black Friday event

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home Depot’s 11-day savings event known as Spring Black Friday is back with a twist this year — organizers have taken steps to include the pro customers. 

This year’s Spring Black Friday event, which kicked off April 3 and marks the beginning of the home improvement industry’s busiest season, will have sales on  grills, lawn supplies and gardening products as usual. But it will also include power tools, nailers/compressors, concrete, ladders and landscape timber.

"Typically focused on homeowners and renters, this year’s 11-day savings event is expanded for construction pros," said a Home Depot spokesman. 

The retailer promoted the Black Friday event through an email blast to its Pro Xtra loyalty program members.    

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Bonnie Hill retires from Home Depot board

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Depot is announcing the nomination of Wayne Hewett for election to its board of directors during its 2014 annual meeting of shareholders.

Bonnie Hill, the board’s lead director, will not stand for re-election; the company’s corporate governance guidelines require directors to retire upon reaching the age of 72 by the end of the calendar year preceding the annual meeting. Gregory Brenneman has been selected to succeed her as lead director.

"We’re truly grateful for the outstanding leadership and dedication Bonnie has brought to our company during her fifteen years of service," said chairman and CEO Frank Blake.

Hewett is currently president, CEO and board member of Arysta LifeScience Corporation, a privately held crop protection and life science company. He spent more than 20 years at GE, where he served in such roles as CEO of GE Advanced Materials and VP supply chain and operations.

"We’re extremely pleased with the board’s nomination of Wayne," said Blake. "His experience and skills will enhance our board’s ability to provide thoughtful oversight as we continue to implement our key strategic priorities."

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Tractor Supply embraces Chick Days

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Tractor Supply Company is spreading the backyard hen gospel nationwide through a series of local Chick Days and other educational initiatives.

“Chickens naturally recycle food waste and they provide invaluable fertilizer for gardens,” said VP merchandise Marc Johnson. “What’s more, there’s not a better organic source of pest control than a backyard chicken. They naturally eat bugs, ticks, beetles and other backyard pests.”

The backyard hen movement has been picking up steam across the country over the past couple of years, and Tractor Supply is looking to spread the message even further, targeting gardeners with a certain self-reliant streak.

Among the benefits being touted are the cost-savings in soil and fertilizer supplies, as well as an all-natural form of pest control.

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