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

Ace Hardware

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

megan menzer

 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 »

J.C. Penney Financial Exec Steps Down

J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney announced Monday that its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Edward Record, would vacate his position effective July 11 “to pursue other interests,” according to the company. Record joined the apparel and home goods retailer in March ... Read More »

Fred Whyte, Former President of STIHL Inc., Dies at 70

Fred Whyte

Fred Whyte, power tool icon and former president of STIHL Inc., died on July 7 surrounded by family and friends at his Virginia Beach, Virginia, home. The “Man of STIHL” was 70 years old. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Whyte began ... Read More »

Past NRHA Chairman Not Reopening Store Scorched by Arsonists

Valley Supply Hardware

Valley Supply Hardware’s building in Rising Sun, Indiana, is a cavern of charred and melted power tools, fixtures, furniture, computers and all of the other supplies needed to operate a local hardware store. Two men were convicted on burglary and arson charges ... Read More »

Urban Retailers Take On Unique Challenges in the City

To view a PDF of this story, click here. People typically have opinions about whether they could “make it” in a city like New York or San Francisco. “I would love living in such a busy place! There’s always something ... Read More »

Chicago Retailer Talks Suburban Vs. Urban Retailing

urban retailing

In the June issue of Hardware Retailing, we shared an article detailing the unique challenges and opportunities urban retailers experience. The article details what all retailers can learn from those conducting businesses in an urban environment and includes insights from a ... Read More »