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Celebrating National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week

Earlier this spring, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the annual celebration of small businesses, National Small Business Week, will be April 30 through May 6. The federal agency has since planned events and awards that will highlight the strengths small businesses ... Read More »

Lowe’s Continues Canadian Expansion With RONA


Lowe’s is continuing to expand in Canada with Lowe’s stores, as well as with locations branded with Canadian retailer RONA’s name. Lowe’s confirmed this month that it has opened two new RONA stores in Quebec. The stores are located in the cities of ... Read More »

Who Will Get HH Gregg’s Appliance Customers?


H.H. Gregg recently announced that it will close all of its 220 stores by the end of May after failing to find a buyer after filing for bankruptcy last month, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. According to the Star Tribune, the ... Read More »

Wallace Hardware Walks Down Memory Lane at Spring Dealer Market

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In addition to the products and deals available at the Wallace Hardware Spring Dealer Market held April 11-13 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, attendees were also treated to a bit of a history lesson about the company. To celebrate more than ... Read More »

Competing for Employees in a Workers’ Market


Online and big-box retailers have added another factor to the competition for workers: new and expanded warehouses that pay more than minimum wage for low-skilled jobs. “Retailers and logistics companies have been opening warehouses at a record pace to ensure online orders reach ... Read More »

3 Reasons Retail Stores Are Steadily Closing

Store closures have become a growing trend, with big boxes such as Walmart, J.C. Penney, Sears, Kmart and others shuttering or planning to close scores of locations. The reason is neither declining retail sales, nor entirely because of e-commerce, The Atlantic magazine ... Read More »

See You in the NRHA Village at the Conference!

NRHA Conference

If you are attending the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) All-Industry Conference and the National Hardware Show®, you will not want to miss what’s happening in the NRHA Village. Free for all independent retailers, the 2017 NRHA All-Industry Conference will offer ... Read More »

Exec Leaves Sears Holdings to Lead Pier 1 Imports

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Sears Holdings lost one of its top executives when Kmart president and chief member officer Alasdair James left in March. James had worked for Kmart, which Sears Holdings owns, since 2014, according to Business Insider. James is taking over as president ... Read More »