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3 Reasons to Welcome Pets Into Your Store

Pets in store

Going beyond stocking its shelves with pet products, Strosniders Hardware has welcomed furry friends into its stores. Strosniders, which has three locations in Maryland, has allowed customers to bring pets into its locations for about 15 years, a policy that …

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4 Selling Tips for Post-Pandemic Home Improvement Projects 

Last year, the number of people engaging in home improvement projects soared, as consumers sought to pass the time and improve their living spaces while spending more time at home. This year, consumers will continue to tackle projects around the …

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PaintCare Expands Its Paint Recycling Program to Washington State

PaintCare

Residents and businesses in the state of Washington have a new option for recycling paint, with the PaintCare program now operating in that state as of April 1. PaintCare, a nonprofit organization created by the paint industry through the American …

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Solving the Paint Disposal Problem

Part of the process of cleaning up, finding a place to safely dispose of leftover paint can be a challenge for many paint customers. PaintCare, a nonprofit organization created by paint manufacturers, operates paint stewardship programs in some states that …

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5 Tips for Finding a Specialty Vendor

You may have settled on a great idea for your next new niche category, but where do you source it? Oftentimes, you may need to go outside of your primary wholesaler, and the vendor you choose can make or break …

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3 Ways to Boost Sporting Goods Sales

With numerous lakes and rivers within a 50 mile radius of Spokane, the General Store has an ideal setting to sell sporting goods. The anchor department is the Fishing Hole and Sports Shop, which covers land and water sports, for …

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Winning Strategies for 3 Niche Categories

Category Heroes

In most any home improvement store, core categories do the heavy work. They pull in a steady stream of customers and prompt project sales that fill up the shopping cart. But many retailers have found success outside standard hardware fare, …

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Making Movie Magic

Mark's Paint store

After 15 years working for another business that supplied paint and materials to the motion picture industry, Mark Umann faced a plot twist. That company was being sold, leaving him with a decision to make—stay on or move on. Umann …

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