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Home Ace Hardware’s Growth Story

Home Ace Hardware

Gary Johnson of Home Ace Hardware sees many reasons why his business has thrived over the past 34 years and continues to grow in Columbus, Georgia. Those reasons include working closely with customers to understand their wants and needs, retaining …

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Stream the 2020 Young Retailer of the Year Ceremony

2020 Young Retailer of the Year

The 2020 Young Retailer of the Year ceremony was a chance for the independent home improvement industry to gather and celebrate the success and promise of the channel’s youngest leaders. Meet the 2020 Young Retailer of the Year honorees to …

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Nation’s Best CEO Talks Industry Consolidation and Strategic Growth

Nation's Best

There is no doubt we are in an era of consolidation among independent home improvement retailers. Recent research from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) clearly shows a trend toward fewer owners owning more stores. Accompanying this trend has …

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Wholesale Lumber Survives Tragedy, Serves Through Pandemic

Wholesale Lumber

When Joseph Burks devoted much of 2018 to remodeling Wholesale Lumber in Clint, Texas, he had no idea the redesign would allow the store to serve customers better through a pandemic. At the time, he was working through the tragedy …

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A Disaster and a Donation

Ace Hardware & Sports

In May, aging dams failed throughout a river system in Michigan, forcing more than 10,000 people to evacuate their homes and businesses to escape massive flooding. When the dams broke, lakes emptied, flooding thousands of structures in the state, including …

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Flowers for All Occasions

Woman at floral shop serving a customer

Proctor Ace Hardware in Neptune Beach, Florida, offers customers a variety of ways to buy flowers. They can go to the greenhouse and get live plants ready to plant in a garden or flowerpot or head over to the Floral …

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The 2020 Top Guns On Their First Jobs

Top Guns 2020

Will Aubuchon W.E. Aubuchon Co. Inc. First Job: Aubuchon Hardware Warehouse Shop, age 13 “I learned a lot from the shop manager, Eric Berlo, as a person, a leader, a boss. His genuine kindness and care kept me focused as a …

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Comparing the Big 3: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards

The three largest big-box home improvement retailers in the U.S. have unique stories. Lowe’s, as the oldest, began in 1921 as an independently owned single store that grew to 15 locations before it became an investor-owned business in 1961. Read …

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