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‘Dark Store’ Tax Loophole Hits Small-Town Budgets

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Property taxes are a significant portion of a retailer’s tax burden, and some big-box retailers have found a way to lessen their burden through what is called the “dark store” theory. The theory suggests that operational retail stores should be ... Read More »

10 Ways to Use Hardware Retailing

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. According to a recent readership survey, nearly 90 percent of readers say Hardware Retailing provides them valuable information to help them run their businesses. In addition to using the magazine for best ... Read More »

True Value Fall Reunion Pushes Retailers to ‘Act Now’

True Value Fall Reunion

As retailers begin planning ahead for their busy spring selling season, those attending the True Value Fall Reunion were also encouraged to think in the moment. The buying show, which the co-op hosted in Chicago at McCormick Place, ran Sept. ... Read More »

Consumer Confidence, Home Prices Rise

Consumer Confidence

U.S. consumer confidence rose in the second quarter of 2017, showing a nearly 25 percent increase over year-to-year 2016 levels. Prices of existing home sales also continued to climb, buoyed by a June 2017 peak.  The Consumer Confidence Index rose ... Read More »

You Won’t Be Competing With Walmart for Holiday Hires

Walmart Holiday Employee

If you’re hiring extra help to staff your retail store during the winter holidays, you won’t be competing for temporary hires with Walmart this year. “Wal-Mart is redefining the holiday hiring scene, at least for its huge operation of more ... Read More »

Retailer Helps Community Shine Blue Light on Fallen Police Officer

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When a local police officer died on duty, Mike Kokesh, a fellow police officer and co-owner of Long Lake True Value in Long Lake, Minnesota, and his co-owner Mark Schaefer, a local firefighter, wanted to honor their fallen friend. On Friday, Sept. ... Read More »

Amazon Searches for Second HQ, Walmart Stays Put

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Amazon and Walmart, two of the country’s largest retailers, are taking drastically different approaches to choosing locations for their corporate headquarters, The New York Times reports. Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive, sent a letter to employees earlier this month, announcing ... Read More »

Research Conference Details Optimistic Home Improvement Outlook

HIRI

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) recently presented the latest research on home improvement trends and the economic and social factors affecting the channel. Speakers at September’s 2017 Insights Conference in Chicago addressed topics including customer service, home technology and ... Read More »