Hardware Retailing

MAY 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 | May 2018 6 Contents Departments 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . On the Web 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . On Social 12 . . . . . . . . . Independent Thinking 14 . . . . . . . . Taking Care of Business 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NRHA News 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trends 32 . . . . . . . . Spring Product Preview 60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Checkouts 220 . . . . . . . . Newsmakers/Calendar 226 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Last Word On the Cover Chuck Strong, general manager of Shell Lumber & Hardware, stands at the ready . NRHA photo by Kelsey Truex 140 INDUSTRY EVENTS Going Green in Texas For Jason Ballard, CEO and co-founder of TreeHouse, stylish, eco-conscious living begins now. Read to learn his inspiration to launch the home upgrade company. On May 9, Ballard will deliver a keynote address at the 2018 NRHA All-Industry Conference. 152 OPERATIONS Menards 360 In 1958, college student John Menard began a pole building company in Wisconsin. The business later became home improvement center Menards, which now operates 306 stores in 14 states. Learn about Menards' history, finances and its future opportunities in our annual 360-degree overview. 126 INDUSTRY EVENTS Mother-Daughter Duo Makes Moves Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk will discuss how they turned their passion for rehabbing homes in Indianapolis into a hit HGTV show. Read their story, and don't miss their keynote presentation Tuesday, May 8 at the NRHA All-Industry Conference. 100 Amanda Fancy Gow's Home Hardware 106 Jamie Gentner Center Hardware & Supply 112 Megan Menzer Newton's True Value 118 Angela Merritt Ederer's Do it Best INDUSTRY AWARDS The 2018 Top Guns This year, the North American Retail Hardware Association honored four women as the industry's Top Guns, the first all-female panel in the program's history. Learn how these women are excelling in their careers, spearheading growth in their businesses and looking ahead to address changes in retail that will impact the entire independent home improvement industry. 98 INDUSTRY EVENT Take a Tour Around the NRHA All-Industry Conference The NRHA All-Industry Conference can help you strengthen your business. Held in conjunction with the National Hardware Show ® , the conference's keynote speakers and industry research can give you the competitive edge. 84 See you at the show!

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