Throwback Thursday: Testimonial edition

Back in 1977, high praise for an industry trade publication.

BY HBSDealer Staff

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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