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Blake Burgess: 2014 Young Retailer of the Year

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Blake Burgess
York Ace Hardware, York, Neb.
Partial Owner/General Manager
Category: Under $2 Million in annual sales

After purchasing a local hardware store in 2010, Burgess spearheaded an update of nearly every aspect of the store, from its inventory to its operations to its design. The result was sales increases and a 22 percent margin dollar increase. Burgess has continued to build the business by introducing a commercial supply program, doubling the number of employees and introducing several niche categories. He believes his success helps him give back to the community.


About Whitney Daulton

Whitney and her team contribute to the creative development of NRHA and Hardware Retailing magazine’s brand identities, marketing and advertising campaigns, events, websites and print and interactive publications. Her team works to provide independent retailers with quality information and tools to help them become better and more profitable. Whitney graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism also focusing in Graphic Design. She recently completed an executive education program at Yale University.

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