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Do it Best names housewares merchandise manager

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Do it Best announced that Linda Geise has joined the hardware and lumber buying co-op as its merchandise manager for housewares. In this position, Geise will lead the co-op’s efforts to improve member profitability of its housewares business through retail service center (RSC) and drop-ship program negotiations, new product introductions and planogram development.

Geise brings a wealth of sales experience to her position at Do it Best. Most recently, she was a senior buyer for the Kitchen Collection and Le Gourmet Chef stores. Her experience also includes merchandising positions at Big Lots, Value City Department Stores and Service Merchandise.

“Linda’s expertise allows her to serve as an invaluable resource to our members,” said Steve Markley, vp-merchandising for Do it Best. “Her depth of knowledge will help them become even more competitive in housewares within their own markets. Her strong background in global sourcing will also be instrumental as we continue to source more housewares products globally. We’re very excited to add her to our team.”

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Home Depot to slash prices

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home Depot will start cutting prices this week on as many as 1,200 items — from trash bags to toilets — as it kicks off its latest effort to boost sales in a down economy, the Associated Press reported.

Prices will be cut from 5 percent to 50 percent on about one out of every 25 items in the store. Home Depot didn’t reveal what the average reduction will be, but said the discounts will start showing up in stores this week and will last at least through the next quarter.

“We’re trying to gain market share in the process,” said Craig Menear, Home Depot’s executive vp-merchandising. “Absolutely, we’re trying to drive sales and productivity.”

The marked-down items include energy-saving devices, such as insulation and thermostats, and “project starters,” such as paint and toilets that are the building blocks for do-it-yourself tasks.

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Deck’s Hardware turns 100

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Deck’s Hardware in Ambler, Pa., marking its 100th Anniversary this year, received a “resolution of recognition” from Mayor Bud Wahl on Sept. 16 at the Ambler Borough Council meeting, the Ambler Gazette reported.

The hardware store, still at its original location at 27 N. Main Street, was opened in 1908 by Garnett Deck, an accounting student who had been working at a nearby hardware store to pay for his education.

One hundred years later, Garnett Deck’s son, Dawson “Tiny” Deck, 81, still runs the store, along with his sons, Tyler, 49, and Timothy, 44.

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