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Lowe’s injects Disney into workshops for kids

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has begun nationwide movie-themed Build and Grow clinics for kids, featuring projects from animated films, including the new “Monsters University,” and the 1995 hit “Toy Story.”

The special hour-long clinics, recommended for children in grades two through five, will take place on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. throughout the summer, the company announced. 

Participating children will receive a kid’s apron, goggles and a take-home, customizable wooden project. 

The program is scheduled for two weekends in June and two weekends in July. 

 

 

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Town & Country Hardware opens in Benson, N.C.

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Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group, LLC (CNRG) opened a new Town & Country Hardware store in Benson, N.C., just south of Raleigh.

The company now operates nine stores in the Raleigh/Chapel Hill area.

The new store has a 6,200-sq.-ft. sales floor and a 3,200-sq.-ft. garden center. The store features a broad assortment of hardware, lawn and garden, outdoor living, paint, electrical, plumbing and home organization products.

“We are excited about the continued growth of Town & Country Hardware,” said Jim Smith, chairman of CNRG. “This is the second store we’ve added to the Town & Country Hardware brand that we acquired last year." 

CNRG also acquired Etheridge True Value Hardware in Natchez, Miss. on June 1. The store is being consolidated into Home Hardware Center’s main store, two miles south. Former owner, Glenn Etheridge, is now the store manager of Home Hardware Center.

“I’m glad to bring Glenn’s business and expertise to Home Hardware Center,” said Smith. “This is really a win-win for all of us.”

CNRG currently operates 43 home center and hardware stores in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia under the Home Hardware Center, Morrison Terrebonne Lumber Center, NFL Home Center, Elliott’s Hardware, Town & Country Hardware, Habersham Hardware & Homecenter, WT Harvey Lumber, and Town & Country Farm & Hardware brands.

 

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Watch your step: ALI promotes safety

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The American Ladder Institute (ALI), a not-for-profit association dedicated to developing ladder safety standards and promoting safe ladder use, is encouraging participation in National Safety Month. 

June is National Safety Month and a time dedicated to educating and influencing behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. 

ALI contributes greatly to that effort through its Ladder Safety Training, which is offered online at no cost. It is an ideal opportunity for companies whose employees use ladders and for individuals to participate in National Safety Month. Learning about proper ladder use, selection and care is just one way to be involved. 

“We encourage all companies and individuals who use ladders to participate in National Safety Month by taking advantage of ALI’s on-line safety training," said Jeff Inks, executive director, American Ladder Institute. "Our No. 1 concern is reducing accidents that result from improper selection and use of ladders." 

ALI’s free online training is provided in both English and Spanish and is available at laddersafetytraining.org. The dedicated website grants access to ALI’s library of safety training modules that teach safe ladder practices. 

“ALI’s Ladder Safety Training platform demonstrates our strong commitment to the safe use of all ladders by all people," said Ron Schwartz, ALI president. "We recognize that it’s not enough to set standards and expect them to have any real impact without proper instruction and easy-to-use resources for using ladders safely. Our online modules make it much easier for managers and employees to access high quality safety training, no matter where they are or what technology they use."

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