Service-oriented in Oregon, Idaho and Montana
State by state, meet the 2018 class of Stihl Hardware All Stars
It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.
Each year, HBSDealer solicits nominations from readers and the industry for Hardware All Stars.
And each year, we’re rewarded with a fresh class of high-performing, community-minded, service-oriented businesses worthy of the honor.
During the course of our research, we’ve met dealers who take risks, inspire staff and lift communities — or have what we call the All Star spirit.
Congratulations to all of the 2018 Stihl Hardware All Star honorees. Here’s three stars worth gazing at:
Camp Abbot Trading Co.
This Sun River All Star named for the city’s original military base featured live reindeer in its holiday display last year. And that’s just one reason it was selected by Ace Hardware as one of four 2018 Coolest Hardware Store award winners. There’s always a lot going on inside, where half the store is a core hardware retailer, and the other half is a magical treasure hunt of general store merchandise. A Hallmark Crown store within a store boosts foot traffic.
This Soda Springs based store was the inaugural winner of the National Hardware Show’s Reimagine Retail contest and its $100,000 store ops spending spree. Jack’s won over the judging panel with its vision of building an in-store café for hosting grilling and cooking events. In addition, the company will build an area for growing the produce used in the café. The company will also develop a mobile app to help groups coordinate events in the store.
Laurel Ace Hardware
The people who run this Yellowstone County All Star have been the subject of praise from Montana officials. In February, store manager Reece Gairett earned a Billings Gazette 40-under-40 award. And in April, owner Skip King received the Small Business Association person of the year award for the state of Montana. The store’s community outreach includes support of the Laurel Volunteer fire department, the local schools and the Laurel Christmas and July 4th parades. And in 2018, Laurel Ace hosted a parking lot Christmas tree fundraiser for the rotary club.
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