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Kate Klein

Kate Klein
Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

Headlining Stories From the December Issue of Hardware Retailing Magazine

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The December issue of Hardware Retailing magazine shares highlights from three industry news stories. Click the headlines below to view the full version of each article. United Hardware Names New CEO True Value Focuses on Future at 2019 Fall Reunion Do …

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Video Tour: Small Town Supply in Upstate New York

Clark Porter took on the massive project of converting a more than 100-year-old car dealership into Small Town Supply, a 21st century hardware store in Gouverneur, New York. The renovations were extensive, but Porter kept some features from the original …

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Expert Perspective: The Growth of Dollar Stores

Many retail segments have contracted in recent years, but dollar stores are on the rise. They compete with home improvement businesses in several categories, such as small hardware items, cleaning supplies and other consumables. Neil Saunders, with data analytics company …

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Hardware Store Gives Old Structure New Life

In 2016, Clark Porter took on the massive project of converting a 100-year-old car dealership into Small Town Supply, a 21st century hardware store. When he bought the old structure that became Small Town Supply, Porter saw potential for a …

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Ace Hardware Sees Revenue and Income Climb

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Ace Hardware Corp. reported record highs for revenue and net income in the third quarter of 2019. The co-op’s revenues for the quarter hit $1.5 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent from the third quarter of 2018. Net income was …

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Your Customers Are Shopping Online

Homeowners are increasingly shopping online for home improvement products, according to recent research from the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI). About 33 percent of homeowners HIRI surveyed bought home improvement products online within the past year, but half of the …

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Ace Retailers Provide Meaningful Yard Makeovers

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When a local TV station challenged a group of retailers who own Ace Hardware stores in Florida to spend a day of service in their communities, the 12 retailers were thrilled to help. Owners from the Jacksonville Ace Group jumped …

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2019 Holidays Expected to Garner Extra Spending

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Consumers will be spending 4 percent more on the winter holidays in 2019 than in 2018, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). On average, shoppers plan to spend $1,048, buying gifts for family, friends and co-workers; purchasing food, decor …

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