San Diego -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's board of directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting on Oct. 28 at the ProDealer Industry Summit here.
Paine has been serving as the association's executive VP since 2012 and replaces outgoing president Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm, SmithBucklin.
Commerce City, Colorado – A new Ace Hardware store opened here in this fast-growing Denver suburb, where the closest big box is about 10 miles away.
Inside the new Ace Hardware at Reunion (named for the neighboring housing development), the 9,000 sq.-ft. store displays three key elements to the modern Ace strategy -- the new Paint Studio, a heavily emphasis on Craftsman, and a centrally locacted, all-purpose information desk known as the “Helpful Hub.”
Chicago— Sure, millennials aren’t buying as many houses as the youngsters of previous decades. But there are plenty of other trends in home improvement that bode well for forward-thinking companies.
Indianapolis -- Farm and ranch and home automation were included in a list of highlights and opportunities for retailers attending the Do it Best Fall Market, which includes 61 new vendors this year.
Back by popular demand on the show floor is a 5,000 sq.-ft. Farm & Ranch exhibit, said Steve Markley, VP of Merchandising for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op.
“Farm and ranch is a fast growing segment for us,” Markley said during the co-op’s Merchandising Market Preview. “There are all kinds of opportunities in that area.”