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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.

Home Hardware Begins Construction on Eastern Distribution Centre Expansion

Construction has started at Home Hardware Stores Limited’s Eastern Distribution Centre in Debert, Nova Scotia. One of Home Hardware Stores Limited’s four distribution centers, the currently 350,000-square-foot Eastern Distribution Centre will grow by 236,000 square feet once the expansion is …

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Orchard Supply Asks Judge For Up to $3.1 Million in Bonuses

Orchard Supply Hardware

Orchard Supply Hardware has asked a judge to approve up to $3.125 million in bonus payments to keep top executives in their jobs while the company is being sold off to the highest bidder, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. …

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Consumer Confidence Rises for Third Straight Month

Consumer confidence improved for the third straight month, according to the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index. The Index now stands at 81.4, up from 74.3 in May, bringing it to its highest level since January 2008 (Index 87.3). “Consumers are …

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Stock Building Supply Holdings files IPO

Stock Building Supply Holdings Inc. filed an initial public offering (IPO), with the goal of raising up to $175 million, according to Reuters. Stock Building Supply, which is based in North Carolina and operates in 13 states, is backed by …

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House-Hasson Reports Increased Attendance at Dealer Market

Knoxville-based House-Hasson Hardware just concluded its dealer market in Sevierville, Tenn., and company officials are reporting marked increases in both vendor and retailer attendance for the event. The company is crediting the increased attendance in part to the decision to …

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Six Ways to Create the Perfect Endcap

Some of the most valuable real estate space in your store lies in a narrow display at the end of a gondola run: The endcap. But whether your customers stop and look at the items you place there or just …

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Rona Inc. to Sell Commercial and Professional Market Division

Rona Inc., the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, has entered into an agreement to sell its Commercial and Professional Market division specializing in plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to Talisker Plumbing Corporation, …

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SPONSORED: Scotts Plants Trees for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Scotts is planting a tree for every purchase of Scotts MiracleGro during the month of July. There is nothing to it. Simply go to your local independent hardware store and buy bags of MiracleGro like …

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