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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.”

Sears Canada Suggests Target Workers Apply for Jobs

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After Target announced it is leaving the Canada market and closing all of its Canadian stores, another retailer offered to help the 17,600 employees who are losing their jobs. Sears Canada will be hosting job fairs and is recommending that Target employees …

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Holiday Sales Totals Highest Since 2011

The National Retail Federation’s look back on the 2014 holidays shows that combined sales from November and December beat 2013’s total by 4 percent. Holiday retail sales were $616.1 billion during the 2014 holiday season, nearly reaching predicted growth of 4.1 …

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Target Closing All Canada Stores

Target is getting out of the Canada market, closing its 133 stores in the country because the Canadian division was unprofitable. Corporate leadership couldn’t develop a feasible plan to get Target Canada profitable until 2021 at the soonest, according to CEO and …

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Rocky’s Ace Adding New Store

Rocky’s Ace Hardware, which operates 32 home improvement stores in five states, plans to open a new store this spring in the Boston area. The family-owned company will open the 10,000-square-foot store on Main Street in Middleton, Massachusetts. “Soon a …

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Busy Beaver Opening 16th Home Center

Busy Beaver Building Centers, Inc., a chain of locally owned home improvement stores, plans to open its 16th location this year. The Pittsburgh-based company expects to open the new home improvement center by June in Fairmont, West Virginia, according to a …

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Consumer Confidence Up in December

Consumer confidence increased in December, rising nearly 14 percent from December 2013, according to recent research. The Surveys of Consumers from data providers Thomson Reuters and the Institute for Social Research shows that consumer confidence in the national economy was higher in December …

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Home Hardware Hosting Trade Shows

Home Hardware Stores Limited is hosting a trade show series for contractors, builders, renovators and other tradespeople starting Thursday. The events are invitation-only and, starting in Ottawa, Ontario, will stop in seven cities across Canada. The HH PRO Contractor Tradeshows were previously …

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Scientists Use Home Depot Parts for Human Tissue Project

Don’t try this DIY project at home: creating human tissue. A team of medical researchers have developed technology they hope will eventually make replacement organs, such as livers and kidneys, for people, according to an article from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The …

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