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CNRG Buying 7 Washington Hardware Stores

CNRG Buying 7 Washington Hardware Stores

Central Network Retail Group (CNRG), a multiformat, multibrand retailer that operates stores in 11 states, is buying McLendon Hardware.

The fourth generation of the McLendon family currently owns McLendon Hardware, which has seven stores in Washington state.

CNRG currently operates 90 hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout the U.S., and expects to close the McLendon sale in April.

McLendon Hardware president Gail McLendon says the deal was inspired by a desire for continued growth for the family business.

“Expert advice, legendary customer service and unmatched product selection have been the hallmarks of McLendon’s success for more than 90 years,” Gail McLendon says. “CNRG has the financial strength to sustain and expand our business in the Puget Sound region and beyond.”

At present, McLendon employs more than 500 people. The largest McLendon store, which is located in Renton, Washington, was established in 1926.

McLendon’s name will remain the same, and Gail and Mike McLendon will continue to oversee the company with their executive and store management staff .

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to add McLendon Hardware to CNRG,” CNRG president Boyden Moore says. “McLendon is well known and respected throughout the industry for its great stores, service and team. We will continue to invest in and grow McLendon’s here and perhaps beyond.”

About Melanie Moul

Melanie Moul

Melanie is the features editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She studied professional writing and sociology at York College of Pennsylvania and then worked in central Pennsylvania for several years as a barista and an editor. She returned to the Hoosier State in late 2016 to join the NRHA team. She enjoys cooking and sharing the results with her husband, dog and cat.