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Looking ahead at True Value’s weekend

The distributor’s Spring Reunion expects to draw a crowd with deals and education.

BY HBSDealer Staff

True Value Company is expecting more than 7,000 people including 3,000 independent retailers to attend its 2019 Spring Reunion in Dallas. The Feb. 21-24 event will feature opportunities for deals, discounts and education for independent retailers, regardless of their affiliation, the company emphasized.

Notably new to the show floor this is a program called The Pro Yard, a display of more 300-linear feet of custom pro-focused lumberyard assortments set on 5-foot fixtures.

The event kicks off Thursday, Feb. 21 with sessions at the Retailer Best Practices Conference (RBPC), highlighted by keynote speakers Rob O’Neill and Johnny Cupcakes. O’Neill, one of the legends of our nation’s military, will share his views on the ingredients to a successful mission: The right people, preparedness, decision making under pressure, and above all, a commitment to never quit.

Cupcakes, named America’s top Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek, will share how to create a wave of loyalty and obsession around products, business and within teams through the power of social media and experiential branding.

The RBPC will focus on business marketing and technology innovation as well as roundtable sessions.

Another highlight on the agenda is the Friday afternoon multimedia general session, followed by live entertainment from Night Ranger and Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Some of the events and offers that will be available on the show floor include:

  • Bargain Burner discounts of up to 50% on over 150 items for early arrivals on Feb. 21;
  • Overstock and Closeout Corner deals of up to 80% on Feb. 22;
  • Destination Deals of up to 60% on select vendor items on Feb. 23;

Throughout the weekend, event organizers say retailers will have access to over 500,000 square feet filled with easy to order, attendee-only deals that include thousands of new and classic products.

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