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How 3 Retailers Find and Sell Unique Categories

Gourmet foods, local gifts, unique home goods, custom cabinets, firearms, live bait, microbrew beer, even frozen pizzas— there’s no shortage of variety alongside the core hardware categories at Solon Springs Mercantile. Owners Meg and Ken Thoreson have built up a ... Read More »

Retailers Share Niche Categories

Niche categories can add excitement to your business, and most retailers are always on the lookout for a new category to try. In the 2019 May issue of Hardware Retailing, three retailers offered their insights into how they’ve created successful ... Read More »

4 Must-Have Items to Offer in a Vehicle Safety Kit

As cold temperatures set in, it can be a real emergency to be stuck outside hoping for rescue or unable to dig your vehicle out of a bad scrape. Hardware retailers are particularly suited to offer vehicle safety products that ... Read More »

Technology Brings More Options to the Housewares Department

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Chad Husted, chusted@nrha.org A New Cook in the Kitchen Gadgets are a fundamental piece of the hardware industry. Adults can get the same sense of wonderment as children with a new toy ... Read More »

Outdoor Adventure Writer Offers Advice, Recommends Camping Gear to Sell

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In the August issue of Hardware Retailing, we spoke to three retailers who have excelled in the camping niche. To dig deeper into the niche, we spoke to Cliff Jacobson, an outdoor adventure writer and wilderness guide, for insights on ... Read More »

Explore New Opportunities With the Camping Niche

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org Bear Necessities When customers arrive at Bear Hardware in Nashville, Indiana, they are welcomed by a giant carved wooden bear and a friendly team of employees. ... Read More »

Creating a Space to Let Children Play

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Mills County General Store and Ace Hardware is a mainstay in Goldthwaite, Texas, a town of about 1,800 people in the center of the state. Austin is the closest big city, just more than 100 miles south. Because it’s remote, ... Read More »

Know What Your Customers Want to Create a Tailgating Destination

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Cover the Spread Its necessary, at times, to indulge in the classics. Whether it’s re-watching a favorite movie, returning to a favorite high school haunt or cooking up one of mom’s old ... Read More »