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Tractor Supply Company Hits Store Milestone

Tractor Supply milestone

Tractor Supply Company announced the opening of its 500th garden center location in Lowell, Indiana. The company opened its first garden center in Rome, Georgia, in July 2020. To date, Tractor Supply operates garden centers in 41 states and plans to …

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R.P. Lumber Expands in Missouri

R.P. Lumber Alexander

R.P. Lumber announced it is acquiring Thorne Lumber Company, an independently-owned hardware and building materials retailer with three locations in northwestern Missouri. With this acquisition, R.P. Lumber will have 87 locations, including 20 in Missouri. “Strategically, this is the right …

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Maryland Adopts PaintCare Program

PaintCare

Households and businesses across Maryland will soon be able to recycle their leftover paint after a new law was approved by the Maryland legislature and signed on May 9 by Gov. Wes Moore. The program is anticipated to begin in …

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Incandescent Lightbulbs Ban Takes Affect in U.S.

incandescent lightbulbs

As of Aug. 1, retailers are no longer allowed to sell incandescent lightbulbs under new energy efficiency rules enacted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs will fully replace the incandescent versions, though many consumers have …

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Ace No. 2 in Top 100 Omnichannel Retailers Report

ServiceMaster Brands

Total Retailer released its sixth annual Top 100 Omnichannel Retailers report, recognizing leading retailers and brands based on omnichannel criteria, including digital and physical channels that offer consumers the best, most seamless shopping experience between both channels. Ace Hardware was …

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Webinar: Learn the Latest on Inventory Management

Inventory Management Webinar

What long-term effects will the pandemic have on the way retailers manage their inventory?  The North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) invites all members of the independent home improvement, paint and decorating industry to the upcoming Inventory Management webinar …

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Initial Unemployment Claims Fall Below 1M

unemployment claims

According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, weekly initial jobless claims have fallen below 1 million for the first time in almost five months. Around 963,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week. In late March, initial …

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Canadian Headlines for Retailers: June 15

canadian headlines

Hardlines is keeping Canadian retailers informed on the ways COVID-19 is impacting their home improvement stores. Check back each week for an update on the latest headlines affecting home improvement retail in Canada. New Lowe’s DC Will Be Western Canada’s Largest …

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