Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. (HDW) saw record attendance and sales during its recent fall market.
Retailers, vendors and staff composed the group of more than 1,000 people who attended the event, which was Sept. 8-10 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Tim Teague of Meadors Lumber in Alma, Arkansas, commented that the buying market was the best show he had attended.
“The Friday opening allowed me enough time to check out all the vendors and specials for a full day before placing orders,” Teague says.
Rick Torres of Freret Hardware in New Orleans, a former Handy Hardware retailer for over 30 years, says he was impressed with how focused the buying show was on retailers and customer service. HDW purchased Handy Hardware, a regional distribution company, in 2016.
HDW also provided access to the event via its website for retailers in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey if they were unable to attend. For the first time, the distributor offered buying market pricing to retailers who couldn’t attend the show, according to the company.
Retailers at the market, representing over 500 stores, took advantage of special purchases, educational seminars, new product information and more than 400 vendor booths.
The distributor will be hosting its spring market Jan. 19-21 in Dallas.
HDW serves independent hardware and lumberyards as a source for retail products. The company has distribution centers located in Greenwood, Mississippi, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Houston. HDW is a member of Distribution America, the nation’s largest network of independent hardware and paint sundries wholesale distributors.