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Sears Plans to Close 96 Stores

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Transform Holdco, the owner of Sears and Kmart locations, has announced plans to shutter nearly one-third of its remaining locations, according to a report from The Washington Post. In all, 96 locations will close, leaving the once-venerable retail chain with …

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Inside True Value’s $150M Supply Chain Investment

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Last month, True Value opened its newest regional distribution center (RDC), a major component of the company’s $150 million investment in modernizing its supply chain to best serve independent retailers. The 1 million-square-foot hub facility is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, …

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Ace Retailers Provide Meaningful Yard Makeovers

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When a local TV station challenged a group of retailers who own Ace Hardware stores in Florida to spend a day of service in their communities, the 12 retailers were thrilled to help. Owners from the Jacksonville Ace Group jumped …

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2019 Holidays Expected to Garner Extra Spending

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Consumers will be spending 4 percent more on the winter holidays in 2019 than in 2018, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). On average, shoppers plan to spend $1,048, buying gifts for family, friends and co-workers; purchasing food, decor …

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Make the Most of the 2019 State of Independents Conference

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The 2019 State of Independents Conference on Dec. 5 is the perfect chance for retailers, wholesalers and channel partners to unite and share ideas for success in 2020 and beyond. Held at the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) headquarters …

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Shop Indie Local Campaign Promotes Community Culture

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The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) has launched its Shop Indie Local holiday campaign, which highlights the importance of choosing locally owned and independent businesses. As part of the campaign, 60 business alliances and networks across North America will use …

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True Value Ranks No. 1 in National Customer Service Poll

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Hardline wholesaler True Value has topped Newsweek’s 2020 list of America’s Best Customer Service Brands in the “Home Improvement Stores” category. “True Value retailers are winning where it matters most: with customers,” says John Hartmann, president and CEO of True …

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Military Veterans: Serving, Then and Now

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Hardware Retailing is honoring veterans who put lessons they learned in the military to work serving customers in the independent home improvement industry. Veteran retailers and employees, including those featured here, are being honored in a Veteran’s Day photo tribute …

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