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Kenmore Grills to Expand Beyond Sears, Kmart

Kenmore grills

Kenmore grills will soon be sold in retail stores other than Sears and Kmart as part of a licensing agreement Sears recently entered into with Permasteel, reports The Chicago Tribune. The agreement allows Permasteel to manufacture and sell Kenmore-branded gas grills ... Read More »

Nominate Your Main Street for a Chance to Win $25K

Main Street

For the second year in a row, the American people have the opportunity to nominate one of America’s Main Streets to win an online contest. On Feb. 27, Independent We Stand invited the public to begin nominating and voting for a deserving Main Street. The ... Read More »

Lowe’s Condensing Ace Canada Operations

Lisa Doyle

Lowe’s is consolidating Ace Canada operations this year so the big-box retailer and the cooperative will share Canadian distribution functions. Ace Canada will close two distribution centers and its main office in the country. Lowe’s distribution network and head office in ... Read More »

J.C. Penney to Close 140 Stores, Offer Early Retirement to 6K Workers

J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney will close 130 to 140 stores and two distribution centers and will offer early retirement packages to about 6,000 employees, USA Today reports. The store closures would account for 13 to 14 percent of the department store’s total ... Read More »

Amid Employee Layoffs, Lowe’s Reports Profitable Q4


Fourth-quarter earnings increased for Lowe’s, following the company’s announcement of additional layoffs at its corporate headquarters and two support facilities. On March 1, the big-box retailer reported net earnings of $663 million, up by $11 million during the fourth quarter of 2015. Sales for the fourth quarter increased to ... Read More »

To Fight Terrorism, ‘Be Observant’ in Your Store


See Something, Say Something In mid-September, three men entered Lyell Crest True Value and bought pipe caps, pipe nipples, cable ties, roofing nails, electrical tape, timers, wooden matches and wire. At the checkout counter, the trio asked the cashier if ... Read More »

All Eyes on Independents at Conference

industry challenges

To view a PDF of this story, click here. Conference Reveals Insights Into Industry Challenges, Opportunities As a group, independent home improvement retailers are optimistic about the near future, with 78 percent saying they expect to see sales increase over ... Read More »

One Retailer’s Fast Climb to the Top of the Local Paint Market

Village Ace Hardware

To view a PDF of this story, click here. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org Stroke of Genius Seven years ago, few, if any, painters would have considered Village Ace Hardware a destination for their projects. The 100-square-feet the store had dedicated to ... Read More »