Hardware Retailing

MAY 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | May 2018 206 Before leaving town, we made our way to Germantown Hardware & Paint, in Germantown, Tennessee. We talked to two employees, including Mary Faulk. Our visit with Faulk reminded me how much independent retailers not only give back to their communities, but also how they support their employees. For example, when Faulk lost her home to a devastating fire, the team at Germantown Hardware & Paint was there for Faulk. "The first thing store owner Justin Wagner did for me was set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe," Faulk says. "Justin helped make sure we got all the things we'd need for our home. I love every one of my co-workers with my whole heart. They're like family." After leaving the store, we had a few more hours on the road before we arrived at the Lofts at 517, a hotel located in downtown Greenville, Mississippi, in a Sears Building constructed in the 1940s. Overall, it was an eventful day, and I got a better understanding of the Mississippi Delta. For more about our day in Memphis, visit TheRedT.com/trip-tn. On the fourth day of our trip, we visited Germantown Hardware & Paint in Germantown, Tennessee, where we met key employees. Day 4 (continued)

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