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Do it Best names Rental Merchandise Manager

The Indiana-based co-op announced the promotion of Lauren Wilson.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best promoted Lauren Wilson to Merchandise Manager. Wilson will develop, implement and communicate comprehensive programs for the co-op’s Rental, Impulse, Snacks and Store Supplies departments, as well as work closely with vendors to deliver profitable promotions and pricing on behalf of member-owners.

The move will take effect Dec. 3.

“Lauren’s extensive experience as a part of our merchandise team will allow her to make immediate contributions in this important role on our team,” said Dent Johnson, VP of merchandising at Do it Best. “She’s already proven her ability to drive results for our members – and we are excited to see how she will help them grow even more with the right products and programs for these categories.”

Wilson is a six-year veteran of Do it Best, most recently serving as the associate merchandise manager for the Lawn & Garden Green Goods department. She’s also worked as the associate merchandise manager in global sourcing. Wilson earned an MBA from Indiana University in 2008.

“I am honored to take on the challenges and opportunities presented by this role,” Wilson said, “and I’m eager to help drive growth for our members through these profitable categories.”

 

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Mid-States grows in Missouri

Farm-and-ranch distributor buys former Toy’s ‘R’ Us facility.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Farm-and-ranch co-op Mid-States Distributing LLC, purchased a distribution center previously owned by Toy’s “R” Us in Lee’s Summit, Mo. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 13 included Mid-States executives and local officials.

Mid-States, which has 39 retail members operating some 700 store locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The company plans to invest more than $35 million in the Lee’s Summit facility, which measures more than 725,000 square feet on a 41-acre lot

Tom Mahlke, president and CEO. Told the Fox News affiliate in Kansas City, Mo., that the company will enjoy the ability to grow into the facility. “We’re going to start out and probably we’ll occupy maybe a third to a half of the building,” he said. “But our growth plans suggest we’re going to need all of the building in the next 2 to 5 years.”

Included on the “Our Members” page of the Mid-States web site are Atwoods of Enid, Okla.; Bomgaars Supply of Sioux City, Iowa; and C-A-L Ranch Stores of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Mid-States describes its annual sales as more than $6.5 billion.

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HDW appoints new president

Stapleton to replace Beauvais at Texas-based regional hardware distributor.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Hardware Distribution Warehouses announced a replacement for CEO and President Kenneth R. Beauvais, who resigned November 5. Billy Stapleton has been appointed by the new HDW Board of Directors as president of HDW.

Prior to becoming president, Stapleton was the VP of merchandising. He has been with HDW for 23 years.

“The board is confident that under his leadership and guidance HDW will continue to move forward,” according to the announcement released.

Stapleton has worked in the wholesale hardware industry for more than 30 years and began his career with Dallas, Texas-based Higginbotham Pearlstone, which was on of the three distributors that helped form the original HDW in 1994.

Hardware Distribution Warehouse, Inc. is an employee-owned company. It provides independent hardware and lumber yards a source for retail products. HDW is a member-owner of Distribution America, the nation’s largest network of independent hardware and paint sundries wholesale distributors.

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