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True Value opens Reunion doors wide

Touting its new flexibility, Chicago-based distributor has big plans for Denver.

BY HBSDealer Staff

For the first time, True Value Company’s semi-annual Reunion is open to all independent hardware retailers, and the Chicago-based company is rolling out the red carpet.

The Sept. 27-29 event in Denver will mark the first Reunion since the company underwent a major restructuring that included a sale of 70% of the company to ACON Investments, returning more than $200 million to members in the process.  The company says it will host retailers regardless of affiliation with a slate of buying opportunities, educational sessions and discounted prices on merchandise.

“The transaction we made earlier this year changed the independent hardware industry in a way it has never experienced before,” said True Value Company President and CEO John Hartmann. “Our doors are now open to all independent hardware retailers across the globe. Our upcoming Reunion in Denver is the perfect way for retailers who are looking for better products and services to check out all of our industry-leading assortments at the best prices, listen to keynote speakers and, of course, really get to know us and all that we have to offer.”

The event begins Thursday, Sept. 27 with sessions at the Retailer Best Practices Conference (RBPC), highlighted by keynote speakers and bestselling authors Dave Ridley and Patrick Lencioni. Ridley will relate experiences from a successful career at Southwest Airlines; Lencioni, a best-selling author, will discuss best practices for building teams to lead businesses and drive competitive advantages. The RBPC will focus on service excellence, business marketing and technology innovation and include roundtable sessions and five tracks of learning.

Throughout the weekend retailers will have access to nearly 1,000,000 square feet filled with easy to order, attendee-only deals on the best assortments in the industry that include thousands of new and classic products.

Other highlights of the event include Bargain Burner discounts of up to 50 percent for early arrivals on Sept. 27; Overstock and Closeout Corner deals of up to 70 percent (Sept. 28); and a Friday afternoon General Session followed by a Kenny Loggins performance and block party.

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