Hardware Retailing

FEB 2018

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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HARDWARE RETAILING | February 2018 78 Get Another Perspective W hen Tim Buchheit speaks up at meetings, TJ Comstock listens. And when Tim decides to go on a 3 a.m. drive to get fresh doughnuts, TJ goes along for the ride. Tim operates Buchheit Enterprises in Missouri, and TJ owns Northwest Hardware in Montana. The two retailers, who oversee very different home improvement businesses, don't share distributors or geography. Yet, they have swapped retailing stories and advice and have become close friends while traveling across the world together. The pair met about five years ago while serving on the NRHA board of directors. TJ is now the incoming board chairman, and Tim has left association leadership, but remains heavily involved with NRHA. In the beginning, they networked and talked business, starting off where many association members and leaders do. Meeting other retailers in the industry from various distributors and market types is helpful, TJ says. "I think the attraction is that we're all on the same mission, but we don't always interact across distributors," he says. "We can talk about things that are affecting everyone." Friendship is a bonus. Tim and TJ discovered they share mutual enthusiasm for live blues music, motorcycles and adventure. When the two of them met up in Missouri for an industry TJ Comstock Owner Northwest Hardware Tim Buchheit President Buchheit Enterprises

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