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Bull’s-eye! Archery Niche Draws in Customers, Community

Tim Ryan, owner of Ryan’s Hardware in Newburgh, Ind., has found a niche that’s right on target. About a year ago, he added archery equipment and accessories to his store. “My son competes in his school archery league and was ... Read More »

Staff Stays Healthy with On-Site Gym Facility

Employees at Malone Do it Best Lumber in Greenville, Ky., don’t need to worry about getting a gym membership to stay healthy—they can use the gym at work. A separate building on the property houses a room full of treadmills ... Read More »

Ace’s ‘Race for a Miracle’ Program to Benefit Children’s Miracle Network

The Ace Hardware Foundation’s “Racing for a Miracle” initiative is again partnering with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) driver Marcos Ambrose to benefit sick children as the driver races in this weekend in Richmond, Virginia. The initiative is a multi-faceted program ... Read More »

INDEPENDENT THINKING: The Big Event Is Even Bigger

We call the May issue of Hardware Retailing the National Hardware Show® Issue. As I’m sure you can tell, it’s our largest issue of the year and is full of editorial content designed to help you become more profitable and ... Read More »

RETAIL THERAPY: Can You Pay for Performance?

I’m going to describe a recent experience I had, and I want you to guess where it took place. I walked in to the store and was greeted by an employee who guided me in the right direction for the ... Read More »

New-Home Sales Decrease in March

  Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units in March, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. “We ... Read More »

Comp-Store Sales Up at Tractor Supply in First Quarter

Tractor Supply, the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, reported increases in comparable store sales for the first fiscal quarter, citing increased demand for animal- and pet-related and winter seasonal merchandise. Net sales increased 9 percent ... Read More »

Study: Online is Winning Price Wars Over Bricks-and-Mortar, But Not in Home Improvement Industry

Online storefronts are gaining a pricing advantage over bricks-and-mortar retailers, but that’s not always the case with the home improvement industry, according to a study conducted by Chicago-based marketing firm Anthem Marketing Solutions. The analysis found that 70 percent of ... Read More »