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Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

January Retail Sales Flat Due to Severe Winter Weather

January retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, were flat seasonally adjusted month-to-month due in part to severe winter weather in much of the country, according to the National Retail Federation. “Following a solid holiday sales season, it seems …

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Monroe Hardware Spring Dealer Market Exceeds Expectations

Attendance at the Monroe Hardware Spring Dealer Market at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, NC, surpassed previous records. The convention staff had to scramble to handle overflow at the annual breakfast buying bonanza and Keith Driscoll, director …

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Grout Cleaning Tool

The Grout Gator is shaped like a squeegee and comes with adjustable brushes that can be positioned to clean different sizes of tile up to 12 inches. An extension pole can be attached to scrub the grout in tile floors …

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Recoating Product

Deck & Concrete Restore is formulated to resurface most wooden and composite decks while providing lasting protection against moisture and the damaging effects of the sun. Designed for a variety of applications, Deck & Concrete Restore can be applied over most outdoor …

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Multi-Purpose Utility Cart

Oceanstar Design’s Multi-Purpose Utility Cart is sturdy, with the capacity to hold up to 400 pounds. The castors offer easy transportation of heavy objects. The shelves are height adjustable to accommodate storage needs, while the slatted and open design of the …

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