Meet the 2022 STIHL Hardware All Stars: N.D., Ohio, Okla.
The countdown continues: High performance retailers from all 50 states.
Here are the next three in the latest class of STIHL 2022 Hardware Store All Stars that represent community-oriented, customer-focused, high-performance hardware-and-building-supply retailing at its finest. From each of the 50 United States, HBSDealer recognized an All-Star performer.
You can read about all 50 honorees here in the digital issue of HBSDealer. Additionally, HBSDealer.com will highlight a handful of honorees one batch at a time. Three 2022 high performers from North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma are featured below.
In 1902, three acres of potatoes helped to start the first Scheels store. Frederick A. Scheel, a German immigrant, used the $300 he earned from his first harvest of potatoes as a down payment on a small general merchandise store. The owner today is Richard “Dick” Thurs and he said the merchandise selection, “has changed dramatically over the years, from farm equipment and major household appliances to motorcycles and women’s clothing.”
Scheels storefront today. Potatoes helped start this business 120 years ago. Now, the owner sells motorcycles at his store, among many other items.
Owner Tim Cable runs all four locations in the Cincinnati Ace Group and is constantly sending employees to Stihl training. He said that by teaming with Ace Corp, he has been able to partner with some great brands like Stihl, Benjamin Moore, Ego, Weber, Big Green Egg, Traeger, Scotts and Hillman’s Keystart. Cable said, “those brands require specific and extensive training. That brand expertise has differentiated us and allowed us to be successful against the big boxes.”
Lumber Mart of Guymon has been serving the state’s panhandle region for nearly 60 years. Second-generation owner K.C. Rothshopf, Jr. operates the full-service hardware and lumber supply store. From high-end custom cabinetry and flooring to hardware and rental equipment, Lumber Mart has the community covered. The team supports many area charities supporting the elderly, the Boy Scouts and other local residents.
# # # Special thanks to STIHL for its support of the ALL-STAR project. (Note: Not all honorees are STIHL dealers.)