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 80 "TJ has the ability to see the big picture and then go down into the weeds to see the details, which is something an entrepreneur has to have," Tim says. The pair also had the opportunity to learn from each other on the trip because while they are independent retailers, their businesses do differ. "I have a larger operation than TJ, so I give him that perspective," Tim says. "But there's a lot we can learn from each other. TJ thinks outside the box, and he's in a very rural market, which I think forces him to be really creative." TJ enjoys listening to Tim speak, whether at an industry event or on their bikes at a stoplight. "Tim doesn't always say much, but when he does, he's really interesting," TJ says. "I think Tim is very " The most important thing is to have someone outside your circle who you can bounce ideas off of. " —TJ Comstock, Northwest Hardware TJ Comstock (left) and Tim Buchheit (right) recently traveled to Sweden to visit European hardware operations and to travel the open road on motorcycles. Toter's Powerfresh™ odor eliminators and cart liners curb the smell of trash day every day from the inside out. You could be saving over 100 million households from stinky, messy trash carts. To learn more, visit: try.toter.com/odorcontrol Free POP Display with your first order of cart liners. = +

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