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Ace Hardware Acquires Another Big-Box Executive

Lisa Doyle

Ace Hardware has announced a second big-box home improvement executive hire this week, recruiting Lisa Doyle from Lowe’s to serve as its new head of retail training. Doyle previously was vice president of learning and development at Lowe’s, according to a June 22 statement from ... Read More »

Former Home Depot Exec Takes VP Post at Ace Hardware

John Sommers

Ace Hardware Corp. has hired former Home Depot executive John Sommers Jr. to serve as the co-op’s vice president of merchandising. Sommers, who starts with Ace on July 10, is a 23-year veteran of Home Depot and has worked in a variety of positions in ... Read More »

Handy Hardware Offers Tennessee Treasures

Handy Hardware has a Tennessee flavor that’s a little bit of MoonPie, museum and typical hardware put together. The Franklin, Tennessee, store is located south of Nashville near a downtown business district that features boutiques, restaurants and high-end chain stores. ... Read More »

A Year After Orlando Shooting, Hardware Store Continues Community Support

Toole's Ace Hardware

On the anniversary of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting that unfolded just blocks from their store, the owner and employees of Toole’s Ace Hardware on South Orange Street in Orlando, Florida, banded together to support their community’s memorial event. On ... Read More »

Iowa Retailer Dies at 103, Leaves Hardware Legacy

Whannel Hardware

For decades, customers who shopped at Whannel Hardware in Traer, Iowa, knew they could find helpful home improvement advice, a smile and a laugh from the store’s longtime owner, LeRoy Whannel. Even at the age of 103, the business was ... Read More »

Quirks of Doing Business in San Francisco

In the June issue of Hardware Retailing, we published a feature story highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with running a home improvement business in an urban environment. In the story, we profiled a retailer from New York and gave ... Read More »

Couple Balances Family, Yoga and Hardware

family

Armando and Ita Reyes are a great example of an entrepreneurial-minded, hardworking couple with a strong family bond. The couple owns and operates Carpenter Bros. Hardware & Rental in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which they bought in 2008. Beyond hardware, the ... Read More »

Meet the 2017 Top Guns

To view a PDF of this story, click here. It’s a brave new world for independent home improvement retailers today. Retailing is changing, and welcoming the challenge head-on is a new breed of independents embracing a bright future for our ... Read More »