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State-by-state Hardware Store All-Stars: Utah, Vt., Va.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The countdown continues: Home Channel News’ state-by-state, alphabetical listing of high-performance hardware stores continues with three stores that reflect a diversity of American hardware retailing.

• Utah
Parley’s Hardware
On the home page of Orem, Utah-based Parley’s Hardware website (parleyshardware.com), owner Parley Hellewell speaks to his customers in a video clip, saying how “My wife thinks I’m crazy” for running a hardware store instead of retiring. But don’t let the overalls fool you. Hellewell operates a home improvement store that few single operators can rival. In addition to core categories, Parley’s Hardware has installed sales, a handyman service and separate divisions that handle insulation, air-duct cleaning and HVAC services. Classes are held on site five nights a week, ranging from salsa-making and women’s self defense to contractor-oriented topics. “What more fun can there be than going down all day and playing in a hardware store?” Hellewell asks. 

• Vermont


Robinson Hardware
When Robinson Hardware opened for business, Benjamin Harrison was president of the United States. That was 1890. In the ensuing 121 years, this establishment remains family-run, still offers free delivery and sells plenty of building supplies. “We have a good selection of lumber — pressure-treated lumber especially — and we have a large Sheetrock selection,” said Kathy Robinson, who runs the store with her “jack of all trades” husband, James, in South Hero, Vt., 20 miles north of Burlington. The store has seven employees.

• Virginia
Taylor’s Do it Centers
In the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area, Taylor’s Do it Centers are entering their 84th year — and seeing a fourth generation enter the business. (Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor is a grandson of co-founder Robert Taylor.) Forward-thinking formats include Taylor’s Do it Express, extra convenient for the in-and-out customer; and Taylor’s Fire Works, specializing in gas grills, fireplace furnishings and garden accessories.

The next edition of HCN Monday will complete the all-start list with profiles on retailers in Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. To read the original story with all 50 all-stars as it appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News, log on or register here.

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Do it Best promotes Bailey and Hoffmann

BY Ken Clark

Do it Best Corp. has promoted Marty Bailey to a new position in charge of the co-op’s World Class Commerce Center initiative. The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op also promoted Gary Hoffmann to the position of national advantage program manager.

Bailey will lead the co-op’s new strategic initiative to create a World Class Commerce Center, a single best-in-class online merchandise and sales catalog for members and customers.  He will also be responsible for strategic oversight of doitbest.com. Bailey joined Do it Best in 1997 as InCom development specialist in the co-op’s commercial-industrial division. He became general manager of the InCom division in 2001.           

Bailey is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Ind.

“Marty’s background in growing our industrial-commercial division provides him with the knowledge base to direct an extreme period of growth for our e-commerce sites,” said Bob Taylor, president and CEO of Do it Best.

Hoffmann will lead a new corporate team to attract new premier members both domestically and internationally, including dominant hardware retailers, contractor-oriented lumber retailers, industrial and commercial distributors, as well as non-traditional retail operations.            

Hoffmann has been a regional sales manager with the co-op since 2007. He joined Do it Best in 2003 as a retail development specialist for southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

“With his experience, Gary is poised to deliver extreme growth in the recruitment of new Do it Best Corp. members,” said Dave Haist, executive VP and COO for the co-op.

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May-23-2012 06:58 am

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As a sale manager I think you need some experience to get promoted.I did myself some online classes to get a diploma at an Online University.

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State-by-state Hardware Store All-stars: Tenn., Texas and Utah

BY HBSDealer Staff

The first-of-its-kind Home Channel News list of 50 hardware store all-stars appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News and recognized a diverse group of high-performance retailers — large, small, urban and rural. Below, the state-by-state guide winds through Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Tennessee
Cole’s Home Solutions
A dramatic, one-of-a-kind home center and hardware store in Millington, Tenn., was built from the ground up to beat the big boxes and swing for the fences. Bathroom fixtures have running water, and an actual garage inside the store allows for product education; or better yet, just plain tinkering with the cool tools. With categories organized and displayed in vignettes and with a design heavily inspired by Bass Pro Shops and Cracker Barrel, plus a countertop luncheonette, the store has something for everyone.

• Texas
Price Hardware True Value
The Atlanta, Texas-based single-store operator in a town of 6,000 draws regularly from a 20-mile radius. Inside the 39,000-sq.-ft. store — which took on a Destination True Value format late last year — are classic assortments, plus co-owner Carol Price’s Kitchenette, a housewares store with a fully functioning kitchen. One of True Value’s 15 “Best Hardware Store in Town” honorees this year, the store is also the 2011 Golden Hammer “Tools of the Trade” Award winner.

• Utah
Parley’s Hardware 
On the home page of Orem, Utah-based Parley’s Hardware website (parleyshardware.com), owner Parley Hellewell speaks to his customers in a video clip, saying how “My wife thinks I’m crazy” for running a hardware store instead of retiring. But don’t let the overalls fool you. Hellewell operates a home improvement store that few single operators can rival. In addition to core categories, Parley’s Hardware has installed sales, a handyman service, and separate divisions that handle insulation, air-duct cleaning and HVAC services. Classes are held on site five nights a week, ranging from salsa-making and women’s self defense to contractor-oriented topics. “What more fun can there be than going down all day and playing in a hardware store?” Hellewell asks.

The next edition of HCN Thursday will profile all-star retailers in Utah, Vermont and Virginia. Or, to read the original story as it appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News, log on or register here.

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