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Industry Forecasted to Outpace Inflation

As 2015 comes to a close, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is forecasting a total of 4.2 percent growth for the home improvement industry. Growth for independent hardware stores tops at 4.8 percent, followed by home centers at 4.2 percent and lumberyards at 3.8 percent. This ... Read More »

NRHA Tours Stores in Pacific Northwest

Last week, the North American Retail Hardware Association director of retail outreach, Tom Marcum, learned what independent home improvement stores have to offer on the West Coast. Starting on Tuesday, Marcum visited retailers, traveling through Vancouver, Washington, and 10 cities throughout Oregon before ... Read More »

Consumers Shop Local, Buy Made in America Products

Recently, NRHA asked consumers if they made a greater effort in the past year to buy Made in America products. And 53 percent said yes. In the same survey, 59 percent of those consumers also responded that they made a greater effort to ... Read More »

Get Your 2015 Cost of Doing Business Study!

NRHA’s 2015 Cost of Doing Business Study is now available! This study has been conducted annually for the last 98 years and provides detailed financial information from hardware stores, home centers and lumber/building material outlets. This year, more than 1,000 stores ... Read More »

Prices on Home Improvement Products Trending Up

The prices on home improvement products are growing, and so are retailers’ efforts to keep those prices competitive and retain customers. Price continues to be a key factor consumers consider when choosing where to shop. Over the years, product pricing has ... Read More »

NRHA Grant Inspires a Fresh Look at Independents

Bart Tucker, who leads a team of volunteers to build and renovate homes in major disaster areas, is used to buying building materials from big-box stores. But a grant from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) inspired a partnership ... Read More »

Retailer Elected to NRHA Board of Directors

Jared (Jake) Smith, owner of Jared’s Ace Hardware and Crossroads Outdoors in Bishopville, South Carolina, was elected to the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) board of directors at the organization’s May Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. After growing up working ... Read More »

Critique Sheet for Store Evaluations

“I’ll be brutally honest with you if you’ll be brutally honest with me” is what three retailers in California promised each other when they started visiting each other’s stores to offer feedback. Those retailers started what they call the Pterodactyl ... Read More »