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Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon
Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

National TV Show Shoots at New York Hardware Store

TV show

Last summer, it was lights, camera, action at Wadeson Home Center when the store was used as a set for an online TV show. Located in Warwick, New York, an hour away from New York City, the store had been …

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A Look at Installations and Services for the ‘Do It for Me’ Market

DIFM

Click the image above to view a full PDF. At Your Service Today’s consumer is often looking for ways to make life easier. Whether they are paying an accountant to file their taxes or requesting people to run their errands, …

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Carr Hardware Wins National Retail Contest

For the past few months, Independent We Stand, a movement that exists to support independent businesses, has held its seventh annual Independent Small Business of the Year award, or Indie Award contest. The contest is designed to help recognize the top …

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Walmart Makes Official Name Change to Reflect Modern Retail

name change

As Walmart continues to compete with omnichannel retailers, the company has made a legal name change to reflect how modern customers shop the brand. On Dec. 6, Walmart announced plans to change the company’s legal name from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to …

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Arizona Sisters Put Family in Family Business

sisters

Sisters Julie Buchkowski and Tricia Dauwalder-Luna have a special bond. Not only are they best friends, but even as they have built families of their own, they have remained as close as ever by working together in their family business, …

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Former Ace Chain Owner C. Jay Buikema Dies at Age 78

Jay Buikema

C. Jay Buikema, longtime owner and CEO of Buikema’s Ace Hardware stores in Illinois, died Dec. 5 at 78, according to the Chicago Tribune. Buikema was known in Naperville and Wheaton, Illinois, communities as a leader, defining “what it means …

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174 Million Consumers Shopped Over 2017 Holiday Weekend

2017 holiday

The 2017 holiday shopping season kicked off over Thanksgiving weekend, with retailers seeing a large boost in consumer traffic. More than 174 million Americans shopped in brick-and-mortar stores and online, beating the original estimate of 164 million shoppers, according to …

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A Legacy and Looking Ahead

Bill Lee, the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) president and CEO, has devoted his career to helping independent retailers, regardless of wholesale affiliation, become better, more profitable business owners. As he retires this December, Hardware Retailing wanted to hear …

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