Throwback Thursday: Testimonial edition

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Throwback Thursday: Testimonial edition

By HBSDealer Staff - 02/12/2020
The April 25, 1977 issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, included a testimonial from the dapper Ray H. Cooney, president and chief operating officer of Scotty’s, Inc., the Winter Haven, Fla.-based home center chain.

Among his comments:

  • “I read National Home Center News because it brings me the kind of industry news I need .. and simplifies it so that I can get it in a hurry.”

  • “Our lives are too complicated for difficult approaches ... I take my hat off to you ... National Home Center News is the most easily read trade journal in the business ... a great publication … I never miss an issue.”


In 1976, Scotty’s Inc.’s 54 retail stores and 5 surplus outlets did $85 million in sales. The company went out of business in 2005.

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