Hardware Retailing

FEB 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | February 2018 34 Checkouts MERCHANDISING Ready on the (Hardware) Set K endall and Alexandra Crosby, owners of Kendall's Ace Hardware in St. Paul, Minnesota, view their hardware store a little like a movie set. They want to engage their customers, but they also want to entertain them. "We've gotten a lot of inspiration from Disney World," says Kendall. "At that park, there are props everywhere, and people respond. They love walking around and looking at everything. We see the same thing happening in our store. Disney might have a lot of money to create the props around their park, but we can create a lot just using stuff we already sell." They've used supplies from around the store to create unique, homemade, hardware-themed props for nearly every department. In the pest control department, Kendall used lumber and copper pipe to create a giant rat trap. Other creations use duct tape and cardboard, such as a giant wrench in the tools department. The key-cutting area has a lampshade made of used keys, and the lighting department has a tin man and woman made of ductwork. While Kendall usually directs his creative skills toward the hardware props, Alexandra takes the lead in other merchandising such as endcaps and window displays. "She comes from a visual design background with 27 years of experience as a professional designer, creating window displays for Nordstrom and Macy's," says Kendall. "Then she married me and now does visuals in a hardware store!" An oversized rat trap created from plywood and copper pipe and a tin man and woman by the lighting department are just two of the many props scattered around Kendall's Ace Hardware. To see more photos from Kendall's, visit TheRedT.com/kendalls. Looking for creative ways to engage customers? Whether it's promotions, merchandising or special events, we cover it here. Have an idea? Contact Liz Lichtenberger at llichtenberger@nrha.org to have your story considered for publication.

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