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 196 196 HARDWARE RETAILING | May 2018 On the Road Again H itting the open road and embarking on a journey is something you have to do at least once in your lifetime. Whether you're excited to see roadside attractions or you dream of watching the sun rise above the Grand Canyon, a road trip creates lasting memories. Imagine experiencing those adventures while patronizing only local businesses, including home improvement stores, along the way. My name is Renee Changnon, and I'm the profiles editor at the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). In March, I joined small-business advocacy group Independent We Stand for its annual road trip as NRHA's representative. It was my third time hitting America's highways with Independent We Stand, and I was excited for the journey that lay ahead. The Great American River Road Trip had our team traveling 1,400 miles along the Mississippi River with many stops along the way. The purpose of this trip, and everything Independent We Stand represents, is to promote independently owned businesses and to share the impact America's Main Streets have on local economies. This road trip showed me, once again, that what makes a city or town great is its unique, independent businesses. Yet to keep these businesses thriving, consumers must make shopping locally a priority. Small businesses across the country are showing resolve and creativity in the face of unprecedented online competition, proving their value and enriching communities each day. To read all of my blog posts from each day of the trip, go to TheRedT.com/IWS-road-trip-2018. Now hop in the car and join me on my trip along the Mississippi River! Highlighting Independent Retailers Along the Mississippi River By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org

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