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Lowe’s Completes Orchard Supply Acquisition

Orchard Supply Hardware

Lowe’s completed its previously announced acquisition of the majority of assets of Orchard Supply Hardware, including 72 Orchard stores, for approximately $205 million in cash, plus the assumption of payables owed to nearly all of Orchard’s supplier partners. The acquisition expands ... Read More »

Retailers Encouraged to Share Advice on PlanItDIY.com Blog

At PlanItDIY.com, we are always looking for great retailer bloggers who can tell us more about what’s going on behind-the-scenes at their stores, what their customers are up to and what projects they’re working on in their homes or stores. ... Read More »

PlanItDIY Team Announces Yard Makeover Contest Winner

The team at PlanItDIY.com has selected Angela MacOwan’s DIY project—Creating a Mini Koi Pond—the winner of its recent Yard Makeover Contest. For her effort, Angela received a $250 shopping spree on Aug. 23 in the local independent hardware store where ... Read More »

Chairman & Cheerleader: Jerry Meis Plays Dual Role on NRHA Board

jerry meis sitting in basketball stadium

Driving past Kinnick Stadium, home to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team, Jerry Meis slows his driving to a crawl as something catches his eye. The university has planted corn on either side of the main entrance to the ... Read More »

THE CLOCK IS TICKING: Make Changes in Plumbing, Electrical Categories Now

The new lead-free plumbing law, the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs: Recently, there have been big changes to the plumbing and electrical categories. Is your store ready? Parts of the light bulb phase out have already begun but additional deadlines ... Read More »

Store Promotes Project to Help Underprivileged Girls

When Gloria Martin stumbled across the website of a philanthropic organization that aims to provide dresses for underprivileged girls in different countries, she knew it was a cause she wanted to support. “When I read about the organization, Dress a ... Read More »

Store’s Belt Sander Race a Popular Annual Event

At Nielson’s Building Center in Point Roberts, Wash., a belt sander is used for so much more than sanding. It’s the star of the company’s belt sander drag races, an event that’s become well-known throughout the community. In June, staff ... Read More »

NRHA Hosts Inaugural Session of Retail Management Certification Program

While this time of year marks the official back-to-school season for students of all ages, a group of up-and-coming retail managers and mid-level executives from across the United States and Canada visited NRHA’s Indianapolis headquarters July 16-19 to take part ... Read More »