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Author Archives: Jesse Carleton

Hardware Props Entertain Customers at Kendall’s Ace Hardware

Kendall and Alexandra Crosby, owners of Kendall’s Ace Hardware in St. Paul, Minnesota, view their hardware store a little like a movie set. They want to engage their customers, but they also want to entertain them. “We’ve gotten a lot ... Read More »

Why Merchandising Matters

Maintaining your store’s merchandising is hard work. It requires constant attention to detail and usually a little creativity. From time to time in the pages of Hardware Retailing, we offer some of the best practices and tips for improving your ... Read More »

8 Ways You Can Build World-Class Merchandising

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org Showtime for Endcaps Imagine for a moment that each of the various types of merchandising around your store have their own personalities. The regular runs of ... Read More »

6 Questions to Ask About Your Merchandising

While we’ve all learned the best practices of merchandising at one time or another, it’s likely we let some of it slide when business gets busy. The start of a new year is a good time to reestablish those good ... Read More »

Window Displays Draw Attention to Main Street Ace Hardware

There’s a colony of PVC people living in the windows of Main Street Ace Hardware. The store, in the heart of downtown Bowling Green, Ohio, has large windows that face the street. Staff use items commonly found around the hardware ... Read More »

New Programs Highlight United Hardware’s January Buying Market

Just days after ringing in the new year, retailers hit the floor of the 2018 United Hardware January Buying Market, seeking new products and niche opportunities. United Hardware also used the market, held January 5-7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, ... Read More »

Comeback Plan: How 2 Retailers Took Their Stores From Bust to Boom

Click the image above to view a full PDF. Many entrepreneurs setting out to buy a business look for one that’s healthy, where risks are minimal and the probability for success is high. It’s a good, safe bet few would argue ... Read More »

Custom Displays Clean Up Housewares

When Len Hunt found an antique refrigerator for sale on eBay, he knew it was an offer he couldn’t pass up. “We removed the doors, painted them with some specialty craft paint and then attached the door to the wall ... Read More »