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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Our last stop along the Great American River Road Trip was at Massey's Professional Outfitters, a local business that offers clothing and outerwear. We met Mike Massey, owner of the business and founder of Locally, a website that connects brands to local businesses. The website shows shoppers where products and brands they want are in stock in their communities. He and his colleague Mark Strella spoke about the concept and how it brings brands and retailers together to drive commerce. Once we ended wrapped up our final visit, we made our way to the Alder Hotel, where we rested before heading home after a long week on the Great American River Road Trip. Our group grabbed dinner near the hotel at Wayfare to celebrate our trip and reflect on the many great businesses and the hardworking, diligent and creative entrepreneurs we met along the way. During the trip, we visited with more than 25 independent retailers who all have something their communities rely on. For more about our last day in Louisiana, visit TheRedT.com/trip-la. The last hardware store we visited on the trip was Mike's Hardware. We met brothers (from left) Lee and Robert LaFleur, second-generation owners of the business. 1 YEAR WARRANTY

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