Hardware Retailing

SEP 2017

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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Supplying a Need Steien saw the vacuum for a local hardware store in two communities he was already serving with NAPA franchises, but he says he didn't want to just move the previous inventories from the closed stores into his own shops. Finding a solid mix of the home improvement products along with his already-present collection of auto parts was the key to making the combination stores work. "We tend to stick with the true hardware stuff, the nuts and bolts, plumbing supplies and PVC supplies that are always in demand," Steien says, adding that while Root River sells paint and sundries, it doesn't currently offer paint mixing. Root River Hardware owner Mike Steien expanded his NAPA Auto Parts franchises into hardware sales in 2011.

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