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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.”

Borderland Hardware Celebrates a Century

The team at Borderland Hardware in Mercedes, Texas, hosted a memorable community party when the business turned 100 in October. Ken and Debbie Eilers wanted to mark the anniversary of their store’s opening in honor of Ken’s parents, Robert and …

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Lugbill Supply Center Makes Generosity Easier

For the third year running, Lugbill Supply Center in Archbold, Ohio, provided everything necessary for community members to give Christmas gifts to children throughout the world who are impacted by war, poverty, natural disasters and disease. Deb Nafziger, co-owner of …

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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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