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How to Create a Canning Niche in Your Housewares Department

Cornell's Canning

More than a hobby for many of Cornell’s True Value Hardware’s customers, canning is a lifestyle, a cultural tradition and a bonding opportunity for family and friends. Cornell’s is located in the New York City suburb of Eastchester, New York, …

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Cooking Up Canning Products In Your Housewares Department

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Canning has seen a boom in popularity and retailers can take advantage by adding canning products to their housewares department or boosting an already existing canning niche. In the July 2021 issue of Hardware Retailing, Cornell’s True Value Hardware shared …

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3 Reasons to Welcome Pets Into Your Store

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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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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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5 Uncomfortable Retail Realities Bringing New Opportunities

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You’ve felt the winds of change. In this new decade, retail realities that once seemed like figments of the imagination are now commonplace. Robots work alongside humans in big boxes, and customers can have an entire shopping experience on the …

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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 …

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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 …

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A Closer Look at Retailers Focused on Household Cleaning Products

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org Cleaning Up in Housewares Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or a spring overhaul, consumers are constantly looking for ways to keep their homes spotless. Do …

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