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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.”

Home Depot Buying Back Distributor

The Home Depot is buying back HD Supply Holdings Inc., a distributor of fasteners, plumbing parts, chain and other hardware. The distributor was part of the big box hardware retailer in the past, and relies on Home Depot for about 98 …

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Valspar Buys Canadian Coatings Manufacturer

Paint company Valspar Corporation recently bought a Canadian coatings manufacturer. In November, Valspar completed the purchase of Madison Chemical Industries Inc., which is headquartered in Ontario. The companies did not release financial details of the deal. Madison’s protective coatings, made …

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Thanksgiving Weekend Spending Drops 11 Percent

Thanksgiving weekend sales for brick and mortar and online retailers fell about 11 percent year over year. Thanksgiving, Black Friday and holiday weekend sales totaled about $50.9 million this year, down from the $57.4 billion of the same timeframe in 2013, according to …

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Free Webinar: Mobile Best Practices for Hardware Stores

Hardware industry veteran, Pat Murphy, is hosting a free webinar on integrating mobile engagement into in-store experiences. The webinar topics include: Why do I need to include mobile in my advertising? How do I get my customers to opt in to …

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Hardware Stores Collect Food for Homeless Pets

Ace Hardware stores in the Springfield, Massachusetts, area are collecting pet food for local humane societies and animal shelters. Rocky’s Ace Hardware, a family-owned business, will collect the pet food through Dec. 23 at its nine stores in the Springfield …

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Industry Veteran John Sullivan Dies at Age 88

A 30-year veteran of the retail hardware industry, who worked as a journalist and in corporate communications for True Value, died this month. John Sullivan, 88, of Danville, Illinois, died Nov. 21. Sullivan worked for three decades in the hardware …

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Home Depot Dealing with Data Breach Lawsuits

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The Home Depot is facing 44 lawsuits at minimum after payment card information was stolen from customers who shopped at the home improvement company’s stores earlier this year, according to Fortune.com. The data breach cost Home Depot $43 million in the third quarter of fiscal …

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Lowe’s Ordered to Pay Nearly $5 Million for Unpaid Overtime

A Florida judge has ordered Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. to pay $4.6 million to human resources employees and their attorneys in a nationwide class-action lawsuit. The Lowe’s human resources employees had sued the home improvement retailer in 2012, claiming that Lowe’s …

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