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2018 Young Retailer of the Year: Megan Zarbano

Megan Zarbano Owner Handy Hardware & Rental Valley City, North Dakota Under $2 Million in Annual Sales “It isn’t easy to keep small-town America thriving, especially with big-box stores and e-commerce so readily available, but what we offer is so ... Read More »

2018 Young Retailer of the Year: Ronna Kilts

Ronna Kilts Manager Mattson’s True Value Hardware Howard City, Michigan Under $2 Million in Annual Sales “My roots run deep, not only in the business but in the community as well. I think it’s important for customers to know we’re involved ... Read More »

2018 Young Retailer of the Year: Taylor Baker

Taylor Baker

Taylor Baker Owner Foothills Hardware & Builders Supply Pilot Mountain, North Carolina Over $2 Million in Annual Sales “I’m an attitude guy. We look at attitude when hiring someone because we want to surround ourselves with people who have a ... Read More »

2018 Young Retailer of the Year: Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

 Mike Wilson General Manager/Dealer-Owner Wilson’s Home Hardware Building Centre Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia, Canada Over $2 Million in Annual Sales “There’s a sense of pride ingrained in the history of this business that puts serving customers above all else. There’s ... Read More »

2018 Young Retailer of the Year: Sean Angelo

Sean Angelo General Manager Budget Home Supply Longmont, Colorado Over $2 Million in Annual Sales “I understand the challenges that small family businesses face while transitioning from generation to generation, and I’m determined to continue the tradition and legacy of ... Read More »

Wisconsin’s Trilling Hardware Survives and Thrives for More Than 165 Years

Trilling Hardware

When August Trilling, a first-generation German immigrant, opened a general store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1850, he had no idea what the future would hold for his business, later named Trilling Hardware. Since its founding, the 167-year-old company has been ... Read More »

More Than 160 Years of History at Henne Hardware

Henne Hardware

The store is located on a busy street downtown in New Braunfels, Texas, and it’s unmistakably from another era. If you walk through Henne Hardware’s door, you will see that you can buy the essential hardware products you’d expect of ... Read More »

Guiding Businesses Through the Centuries

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Todd Taber ttaber@nrha.org, Kate Klein kklein@nrha.org, and Renee Changnon rchangnon@nrha.org. Independent home improvement retailers have, literally and figuratively, helped build America, and at least one existing operation predates the ... Read More »