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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.”

Hassett Hardware: Weighing What’s Right in Crisis

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The spread of COVID-19 has brought moral dilemmas to Eric Hassett, owner of five Hassett Hardware stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hassett’s stores sell products, such as cleaning supplies, which are critical for customers and employees to use …

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Making A Grander Home Entrance

Front Entrances Improvement

Homeowners who update the front entrances to their houses often start the projects because a repair is necessary, the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) reports. However, homeowners choose the materials they use for their entryway updates based on how attractive …

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Taylor’s Makes an Acquisition the Best-Case Scenario

New Ownership

Questions raced through Melissa Jenkins’ head when she learned Pleasants Hardware had sold. What would happen to her employees? How much would the company she loved change? Buyers Russ and Joe Taylor, who own 11 Taylor’s Do it Center locations …

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April Resource Review: The Hero Effect

Resource Review

This book review is the second installment in a bimonthly series Hardware Retailing is running to highlight books, podcasts and other resources retailers recommend to fellow business owners in the home improvement industry. Megan Menzer co-owns Newton’s True Value stores …

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Ambridge Do it Best Creates Eye-Catching Paintbrush Art

Ambridge Do it Best

The ceiling over the paint department at Ambridge Do it Best Home Center in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, has an art installation the staff spent three months developing and hanging. Store employees took about 100 paintbrushes, dipped each one in a different …

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Lowe’s Sells Ace Canada Assets to Peavey Industries

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Lowe’s Canada and Peavey Industries LP, a Canadian farm, ranch and hardware retailer, have announced that Peavey Industries is acquiring the assets of Ace Canada. RONA, a company that is part of the Lowe’s Canada group, will sell the assets …

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Lowe’s Talks Supporting the Trades

The struggle to find enough workers for skilled trade jobs is impacting the home improvement industry as a whole. Mike Mitchell, who leads Lowe’s skilled trades initiatives, including a national movement called Generation T, spoke with Hardware Retailing about why …

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E.M. Herr Ace Provides Compassion and Service

The man shopping for a statue at E.M. Herr Ace Hardware was crying when he asked store manager Cyndi Maley for help. He explained what he needed and Maley’s tears began to roll, too. The man’s name was Fletcher Slutman …

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