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NRHA Road Trip Highlights Northeast Retailers

Exploring new places, seeing how locals interact with one another, trying new cuisines—there are many reasons people love to travel. Now imagine taking that love of travel and a passion for telling the stories of independent home improvement retailers and mix them together. This summer, I had the opportunity to combine my passions for travel and storytelling on the road trip to retailers throughout New England for the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA).

Over the course of five days, I drove more than 1,400 miles, visited 13 retail operations and saw some beautiful sites along the way. Read this article to take a look at highlights from the road trip and learn lessons from the businesses I visited during the adventure.

For even more insights from the NRHA New England Road Trip, listen to my podcast, “Tell Me More…” Click here to hear in-depth interviews with Josiah Gates of Aubuchon Hardware, Kevin Hancock of Hancock Lumber and a recap episode from the entire trip.

If you would like to learn about each individual day of the trip, be sure to read the daily summaries.

Day 1: Dedicated Employees and Trendy Products in Connecticut, Rhode Island

Day 2: Company Culture and Creativity Among Maine Retailers

Day 3: Home Improvement History and Theatrics in Massachusetts

Day 4: Reliable Operations in New Hampshire, Fun Vibes in Vermont

Day 5: Tailoring Inventory and Serving Communities in Vermont, Boston

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

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