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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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Service That’s Always on Time

The Time Center

For over 30 years, Wolff Kubly Ace Hardware has kept area residents on time with its watch and clock service center. The Wolff Kubly Time Center, located in Middleton, Wisconsin, repairs watches and clocks, and customers can also purchase watches, …

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How Project Knowledge Leads to Power Tool Sales

Illustrated power tools

There are two common reasons a DIYer will come to you for a power tool: They are replacing one that is outdated or broken or they’re taking on a project that requires a new tool. According to data from the …

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Selling Local Goods to Support the Community

Local Makers

From ice chippers to salsa, sauces to cat toys, Chocolay Ace Hardware in Marquette, Michigan, stocks a wide variety of locally made products. The store owners know that buying local is more than just a passing trend or feel-good move …

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Compare the 2021 Colors of the Year

2021 color of the year

The start of the new year is the perfect time to turn your sights to bolstering sales in your paint department. Major paint manufacturers are gearing up to market their 2021 color of the year selections, and by exploring the …

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PPG Reports $13.8B in Fiscal Year 2020 Net Sales

ppg q4 2020

Paint manufacturer PPG has announced its fourth-quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results, noting net sales of $3.8 billion in the final quarter of the year, up about two percent from the same period in 2019. PPG says selling prices …

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