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October 1, 2014

Natchez, Mississippi-based Central Network Retail Group expanded further into the Southeast, bringing Hiawassee Hardware of Hiawassee, Georgia to its portfolio of stores.

The new addition to CNRG marks the network's fifth store in Georgia, and its 47th in the United States. 

September 23, 2014

Indianapolis-based appliance retailer hhgreg opened a remodeled location in Columbus, Ohio’s Sawmill Shopping Center. The store reopened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 18.

The store is the chain’s sixth Columbus-area location.

September 10, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group recognized Cherokee PRO Home Center in Cherokee, North Carolina, as the 2014 Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award Winner.

Candler Cooper, a local businessman, and Danny Wingate of Haywood PRO Builders Supply teamed up about three years ago to fill a need in the local community by founding Cherokee PRO Home Center, according to PRO Group. 

The store serves the Cherokee community, including the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

August 6, 2014

What’s new in hardware stores? Plenty.

The HCN Big Four Report, published in the July/August issue, included several comments from independent retailers who were interviewed during recent markets and conventions.

The general question was some variation of “What’s new in your store?” Here are more answers from the field, in no particular order:

 

July 10, 2014

Ace Hardware affiliate Klinker's Lumber & Building Supply of Waverly City, Ohio, was recognized by the state's House of Representatives for opening a new paint studio in May.

The store's paint studio — essentially a remodeled and rethought version of its paint section — now sells Valspar paints, including their Aspire and Professional line of paints, in addition to the Ace line of paint. The paint studio will also allow employees to mix custom paint colors to match customers' color palettes.

July 3, 2014

San Carlos, California-based Kelly-Moore Paint Company is continuing what it calls an “aggressive retail expansion” with the opening of its 5,400-sq.-ft. store in Petaluma, California.

The store at 905 Lakville St. marks the company’s 105th retail store in northern California.

June 4, 2014

Jeff and Al Bunge of Cedar Lake True Value Hardware were recognized by the Chicago-based True Value Company as one 13 “Best Hardware Store in Town” honorees.

According to the co-op, Jeff got his own department in the family owned store at the age of 11, working under his father and uncle. The store was converted to the Destination True Value format in June 2012.

May 20, 2014

Gibbs True Value Hardware in Grayson, Kentucky, was recognized by Chicago-based True Value Co. as one of 13 Best Hardware Store in Town honorees.

Accepting the award at a True Value hosted ceremony earlier this year were C.C. and Julie Gibbs. 

The store was the first in the state of Kentucky to adopt the Destination True Value format. The store also offers niche categories, such as fireplaces, outdoor power equipment and a Just Ask Rental business.

May 6, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores opened its newest Illinois location in Pekin.

The store is the first new Sears Hometown Store to open this year and the sixth opening of a new store across all Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores.

“We’re both proud and excited to fulfill high consumer demand for Sears Hometown Stores in the Pekin area and to become a staple in the community,” said Adam White, store manager of the new Sears Hometown store.

May 1, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores opened its latest Florida Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Sunrise, Florida.

The store is is one of six Sears Home Appliance Showrooms owned and operated by Michael Myers.

April 11, 2014

True Value Co. recognized Foster True Value Hardware as one of its 13 honorees for its “Best Hardware in Town” program.

The store operates in Mariposa, Calif., where it has a strong reputation as a community supporter with sponsorships and other philanthropic efforts.   

Troy Foster, Monica Evans and Melissa Swank accepted the award during a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this year. 

March 26, 2014

A new Ace Hardware store opened in the Crabapple section of Alpharetta, Ga., according to an article on northfulton.com. 

The new store, Ace Hardware Crabapple, will hold a grand opening event that will run all day April 11. The store at 12350 B-1 Arnold Mill Rd. opened for business earlier this month. 

January 28, 2014

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware collected more than 4 tons of pet food, along with beds, leashes, treats, toys and cleaning supplies and delivered them to local animal shelters. The final weight of pet food amassed totaled an amazing 8,776 pounds.

January 22, 2014

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply Co. will open a 19,000-sq.-ft. store in Tucumcari, N.M., in September, according to local press reports. 

The store will be the 12th Tractor Supply location in the state, and one of the 1,245 stores in the nation's largest farm and ranch chain.

In the first three quarters of the company's current fiscal year, Tractor Supply opened 71 new stores and closed two stores. Late last year, the retailer established its first stores in the states of Wyoming and Nevada.

January 21, 2014

Sears is planning a Chicago-style liquidation this month, as it prepares to shutter its flagship store on North State Street in the heart of the Windy City's Loop. 

The Chicago Tribune quoted a Sears spokesman: "The store has lost millions of dollars since opening and we can no longer continue to support the store's operating losses." The store has operating in the location since 2001. 

Liquidation sales are expected to begin Jan. 26, with a closing in April.

January 16, 2014

The Home Depot opened a new store in Minot, N.D., one of only a handful of new store openings in the United States for the world's largest home improvement retailer in recent years.

The 104,000-sq.-ft. store with a 17,000-sq.-ft. garden center also operates an outdoor lumberyard measuring 96,000 sq. ft. 

The store is the second Home Depot in North Dakota, the other being in Fargo, about four hours away. In the United States, the new store brings the Home Depot store count to 1,978, according to the store count stats on the company's website.

January 3, 2014

In Jefferson, Wis., a local mainstay is shutting its doors after 55 years. Though it wasn't suffering any extreme hardships, Punzel Hardware has announced its plans to close early this year after owner Jeff Punzel got a more lucrative job offer that will free up time for him to spend with his family, the Wisconsin Daily Union reported.

December 10, 2013

The stakes are high for the nation’s independent retailers. And the competition is fierce. Stores around the country are fighting for their share of the housingmarket recovery in a highly promotional shopping environment.

December 9, 2013

Plainview, N.Y.-based Trio Hardware won the Independent We Stand's third-annual Indie Awards, which honors small businesses across the country as part of the organization's advocacy efforts. 

More than 32,000 votes were counted for more than 250 businesses; 2,024 of them (10% of Plainview's population) went to Trio Hardware, a fixture of its Long Island community for 50 years.

September 23, 2013

Chicago -- Here is a statistic that is raising optimism within the True Value pet department: 72% of pet owners consider their pet a member of their family. And what's more, 70% of dog owners think their dog understands how they are feeling better than most people do.

It's no secret that home owners love their pets, but the category is attractive to independent hardware stores for more retail-centric reasons, according to panelists on a True Value seminar here at the co-op's 2013 Fall Reunion.

September 20, 2013

Tractor Supply Co. opened a store in Morrisville, Vt., marking the company's seventh store in the state of Vermont. 

The store measures a little more than 19,000 sq. ft. and employs about 15 full- and part-time employees, according to a report in StoweToday.com.

The store will host an "Out Here with the Animals Day" on Sept. 29, offering advice and information regarding pet food, foraging, flock management and other areas.

August 23, 2013

Boston -- Orgill merchandisers and store designers unveiled the Cobblestone Hardware concept store, one of the centerpieces of the market floor.

The store revealed a number of tweaks to previous market showpieces. In its 10,000 sq. ft. of selling space, Cobblestone packed in all the usual suspects, plus a healthy dose of Dollar Central program products and "As Seen On TV" merchandise.

August 15, 2013

After a promising debut in the fall of 2012, the Orchard Supply Hardware store located on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, Calif., is shutting its doors for good, according to the Daily Breeze.

July 17, 2013

Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc. is scheduled to open its third Chicagoland location on Aug. 22. The store will be located in the Aurora/Naperville area of Illinois and will feature a 57,000 square foot showroom and design center.

The specialty retailer has a large selection of related accessories and surface flooring, including porcelain, ceramic, stone, wood and laminate flooring. 

June 26, 2013

Lumber Liquidators celebrated the opening of its 300th store Wednesday in Las Vegas, marking a major milestone for the retailer and showcasing the company's new "store of the future" format.

In honor of the opening, the company is holding an unprecedented end-of-quarter clearance event at all 300 locations until June 30. This is the first time Lumber Liquidators has held a sale on all of its products at the same time.