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Coronavirus Roundup: Depot’s hours and ‘essential’ retail

Home Depot adjusts store hours; Costello's Ace commits to community; the NRLA stands up for lumberyards.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The coronavirus continues to make news around the globe. Here are some of the latest stories that directly affect the hardware and building supply industry.

• On Wednesday, The Home Depot said stores will begin to close at 6 p.m. Also, the company is expanding its paid-time-off policy to address the needs of hourly associates. Read more here.

• To serve customers who are unable or uncomfortable leaving their homes, Costello’s Ace Hardware will waive all local delivery fees on orders of $20 or more. Read more here.

• Lumberyards are “essential.” That’s the message from the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association as authorities consider social-distancing measures.  Read statement here.

Previous stories:

  • Eight hardware industry leaders sign on to a letter encouraging state and local authorities to classify hardware stores as essential retailers. Read more here.
  • Light construction show canceled. The coronavirus pushes JLC LIVE New England to a date in late August. Read more here.
  • Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison delivers message to customers. A new, temporary time-off plan allows employees greater sick-time flexibility and pays them for their time to recover and return to work healthy, he said. Read it here.
  • Harbor Freight’s founder weighs in on the virus. “Impacted associates will be compensated for their missed work hours,” said Eric Smidt.  Read more here.
  • Poll question: Are hardware stores essential? Yes or Yes?. More here.
  • The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association canceled its 2020 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Read more here.
  • In the nation’s housing marketplace, fewer consumers are searching and listings are being delayed, says the NAR. Read the article here.
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