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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May 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 199 Learning about Paulsen and his accomplishments was inspiring. His story is just another example of the great things independent retailers have done and are continuing to accomplish. At the store, I also got to talk to the manager, Trent Pearson, who has been a part of the business since 1998. "Our products and services at Jerry's are different than a big box in the way that they're tailored specifically to the communities we're located in," Pearson says. "Being an independent retailer, we're able to be more in touch with the community." After visiting Jerry's, we went to a variety of businesses, including a cooperative-owned brewery, an independent paint store and a bread shop. We had lunch at Holy Land Bakery and Deli, which was on the popular Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." By early afternoon, we started the first leg of our road trip, heading to La Crosse, Wisconsin, for the evening. For a more detailed look at all the businesses we visited in Minneapolis-St. Paul, visit TheRedT.com/trip-mn. At Jerry's Do it Best Hardware & Rental in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, I had the chance to talk with store manager Trent Pearson (right) about the business. THE COMPANY INC. ®

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