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D.C. Hardware and Bike Business Moves Location, Introduces Cafe Concept

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In Washington, D.C., one of people’s favorite modes of transportation is biking. When this excitement for biking really kicked into gear in the 1970s, District Hardware and Bike decided to hop on the craze, becoming a hardware and bike shop. The business ... Read More »

Longtime NRHA Editor Ellen Hackney Dies at 79

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Ellen E. Hackney, former editor and director of communications for the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), died Oct. 7 in her hometown of Indianapolis. She was 79. After receiving her degree from Indiana University, Hackney joined NRHA, which at the ... Read More »

Cottin’s Hardware Uses Scarecrows for Community Fundraiser

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Cottin’s Hardware & Rental in Lawrence, Kansas, starts the fall season off each year with a scarecrow building contest to raise money for local schools. Several years ago, a customer approached store owner Linda Cottin with the idea. “Our customer ... Read More »

10 Lessons to Learn About Business Consultants

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. When 10th Street Hardware owners Steve DeShong and Troy Usnik were making plans to open a second store in Philadelphia, a friend recommended using a business consultant to help them manage the ... Read More »

After 10 Years, 10th Street Hardware Looks to New Beginnings

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Melanie Moul mmoul@nrha.org 10th Street and Beyond As someone who only recently became a part of the independent home improvement industry, Steve DeShong had heard a lot of stories ... Read More »

Ace CEO: Hurricanes, Plans and an ‘Incredibly Good Enemy’

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Ace Hardware’s president and CEO, John Venhuizen, recently sat down with Hardware Retailing for an interview. He discussed weather events that have impacted Ace retailers, strategies for competing with “an incredibly good enemy” in Amazon and the co-op’s opportunities and plans for growth. ... Read More »

Retail Stories, Advice and a Chance Encounter With Amazon

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 Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. As a successful independent retailer and the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) chairman of the board, Megan Menzer is a busy person. She values time with family, at church and ... Read More »

NRHA Chairman Megan Menzer Never Doubted Her Career Path

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Dan Tratensek, dtratensek@nrha.org If you could ask 10-year-old Megan Menzer what she wanted to be when she grew up, you might be surprised by her answer. She wouldn’t rattle off ... Read More »