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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.”

Comparing the Big 3: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards

The three largest big-box home improvement retailers in the U.S. have unique stories. Lowe’s, as the oldest, began in 1921 as an independently owned single store that grew to 15 locations before it became an investor-owned business in 1961. Read …

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Lowe’s 360: Extra Features

Lowe's

Read the Lowe’s 360 story from Hardware Retailing magazine here. The following extras are only available online and provide a closer look at Lowe’s. SWOT Analysis  Lowe’s has been successful for decades, but operates in a competitive marketplace with strong contenders among …

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A SWOT Analysis of Lowe’s

SWOT

To read Hardware Retailing’s analysis of Lowe’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, click on the icons below and scroll down. Read the full Lowe’s 360 profile here.

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Expert: Lowe’s Is Solid, but Was Slower to Invest in Changes

Lowe's hardware store front

Warren Shoulberg is a retail industry observer and a contributing writer to a variety of business publications, including Forbes. He spoke with Hardware Retailing about Lowe’s position in the home improvement industry and the opportunities the big-box retailer has. For a comprehensive …

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A 360-Degree View of Lowe’s

Lowe's storefront

Lowe’s is making a comeback before it needs one. The company has been busy since 2018, restructuring its executive team, shedding side ventures and reevaluating its approach to serving professional customers.  The retailer is refocusing on growing its core U.S. …

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Finding and Delivering Value By Hiring Young People

Two young employees in a hardware aisle

Ben Houser was 16 years old when he interviewed for a job at King’s Ace Hardware in Billings, Montana. He had zero work experience and knew nothing about hardware, but he wanted to earn some cash. King’s Ace hired Ben …

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Retailers Respond to COVID-19

Retailer Response

When the spread of COVID-19 began changing the lives of residents in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Cloverdale Ace Hardware was quick to find new ways to serve. Store owner Douglas Brown scrambled to ensure his business could continue operating, while accommodating …

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Socially Distanced Fun

Socially Distanced Fun

When the local Easter egg hunt got canceled, Dawne Ramshaw of Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware in Mount Shasta, California, printed Easter egg coloring pages to give away.  She invited the community to decorate the paper eggs and hang them in their …

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