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November 19, 2014

Highlights of the Home Depot fourth-quarter merchandise lineup include a remote-controlled, pre-lit Christmas tree that shines in 56 light and color options. The season will also bring stocking stuffers like carbide-tipped reciprocal saw blades from Diablo and 21 new Kohler SKUs.

"We look forward to driving excitement this holiday season," said Ted Decker, executive VP merchandising, during the Atlanta-based retailer's third-quarter earnings call.

November 10, 2014

Home Depot’s efforts to court loyalty among its pro customers now includes a special Black Friday showcase.

The Atlanta-based retailer will showcase its pre-Black Friday savings for Pro customers at Pro Appreciation Events Nov. 20 at all U.S. stores. The company says pros will have access to exclusive pre-Black Friday savings on products from brands including DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, RIDGID and Porter-Cable.

The event is part of a quarterly commitment by the retailer to honor its Pro customers, which make up 40% of its business.

September 23, 2014

Atlanta-based The Home Depot is promoting an Auto Supplies department.

Brands getting star billing in the new store effort include Exide, Michelin, Prestone and Penzoil.

"Automotive products are a natural extension of what The Home Depot already offers with its growing selection of mechanics tool sets, welding and soldering tools and tool storage products that are specially designed for automotive tools," said Alyssa Steele, merchant for The Home Depot.

September 22, 2014

Atlanta-based BMC hired Jeff Wedge as national director of window sales. 

According to company, the move reflects BMC’s optimism in the window business segment.

September 8, 2014

The Home Depot’s latest update confirms what many had suspected – the data systems of the world’s largest home improvement retailer have been breached.

The impact and scope of the breach remains unclear, but the retailer said the breach “could potentially impact customers using payment cards at its U.S. and Canadian stores.”

The Atlanta-based company reiterated that no customers will be liable for fraudulent charges. Customers will also be offered free ID protection, including credit-monitoring services.

September 3, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia-based Levolor is adding to its Accordia Custom Cellular Shade product offerings, which hit Lowe's shelves exclusively on Aug. 28 and are due in other nationwide home improvement retail stores Oct. 1.

The Accordia portfolio, which currently spans more than 200 styles, will be expanded further with new color and fabric swatches.

New to the crop are the Heathered and Tree Bark collections, which feature hues such as buttercream, light fog, cherry blossom, marine, amethyst and bayleaf.

September 2, 2014

The Home Depot is the latest major retailer to investigate what looks like a data breach. 

The Atlanta-based retailer is looking into the matter and also working with law enforcement and bank investigators. 

"Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers,” the retailer said in a statement. 

July 11, 2014

Atlanta-based HD Supply launched a refreshed brand approach that is described as a simplified and unified approach to representing the industrial distributor’s business units and their areas of expertise. 

July 8, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia-based Zep Commercial has released a fast-acting Quick Clean Disinfectant, which portends to kill 99.9% of bacteria in just five seconds.

According to the company, Quick Clean Disinfectant does the job in a fraction of the time. Many popular anti-bacterial cleaners can take up to 10 minutes to work.

It uses a special quaternary active blend that kills germs quickly, including viruses and bacteria like Rhinovirus, Norovirus and Salmonella.

July 1, 2014

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June 18, 2014

Distributors affiliated with PRO Group and Val-Test met with manufacturers in Atlanta during 973 scheduled private 30-minute buyer/vendor appointments over the course of two days here. 

It was all part of the Group Merchandising Conference.

June 10, 2014

HD Supply, the Atlanta-based heavy-duty construction products wholesaler, reported first quarter net sales of $2.16 billion, up 6% from the first quarter last year.

May 30, 2014

BMC, one of the nation’s major providers of building materials and construction services, is relocating its corporate headquarters from Boise, Idaho, to Atlanta. 

The West-to-East relocation will be done on a phased basis with the executive team moving immediately, the company announced. The Boise office will continue to remain operational. 

May 28, 2014

Pro dealer Robert Bowden Inc. was named one of the Georgia Fast 40 by the Atlanta Chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth.

The award recognizes the Marietta, Georgia-based company as one of the 40 fastest-growing middle-market companies in the state.

May 20, 2014

The Home Depot this morning reported first quarter sales of $19.7 billion, up 2.9% from last year's first quarter. Comparable-store sales were up 2.6%. Comp-store sales for U.S. stores were positive 3.3%.

The Atlanta-based retail giant also reported double-digit growth in net earnings -- up 12.5% to $1.38 billion. 

May 20, 2014

Home Depot’s sales for the first quarter were below expectations, but don’t blame the housing market, blame the weather.

That’s how Atlanta, Georgia-based Home Depot CEO Frank Blake sees the events of the first quarter. The company posted sales of $19.7 billion, up 2.9%.

May 12, 2014

D.R. Horton has announced its $210 million acquisition of the homebuilding operations of Crown Communities, a major builder based in Atlanta with a geographic footprint spanning Georgia, South Carolina and eastern Alabama.

April 29, 2014

Pointing to success of an expanded farm, ranch, auto and pet assortments, Chicago-based True Value posted gains in gross billings and revenues for the first quarter ended March 29.

The co-op reported gross billings of $460.1 million for the quarter, up 3.6% from $444.2 million for the same period a year ago. Revenue was $331.5 million, an increase of 6.0%.

The cooperative posted a quarterly net margin of $0.9 million, up slightly from $0.4 million a year ago.

April 18, 2014

 

In Canon City, Colo., Fontana True Value is carrying a new stamp of approval: “True Value Best Hardware Store in Town.”

Jim Fontana and Susan Palladino accepted the designation during a True Value Co. ceremony in Atlanta, during which 13 stores were honored.

In Canon City, Fontana True Value is known for empowering employees to make decisions, including returns and price matching. 

“Every day I get customer feedback about how friendly and helpful the employees are,” said Fontana. 

April 14, 2014

The Group Merchandising Conference slated for June 16-18 in Atlanta will bring manufacturers and PRO Group-affiliated distributors together for business, according to event organizers.

During the event, vendors will have the opportunity to demonstrate products to distributor buyers at the GMC in suites with private, prearranged meeting times.

PRO Group Director of Merchandising Brendan Sullivan described the event’s format as time-tested.

April 11, 2014

True Value Co. recognized Foster True Value Hardware as one of its 13 honorees for its “Best Hardware in Town” program.

The store operates in Mariposa, Calif., where it has a strong reputation as a community supporter with sponsorships and other philanthropic efforts.   

Troy Foster, Monica Evans and Melissa Swank accepted the award during a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this year. 

March 20, 2014

Concrete projects tend to conjure images of big guys in trucks. But executives at Quikrete are taking steps to make sure DIYers have plenty of project ideas for themselves.

And the work is paying off in places like Pinterest and Facebook, according to Frank Owens, VP marketing for the Atlanta-based concrete industry leader.

During a media tour of New York this week, Owens helped spread the word that there are plenty of projects in and around the house for Quikrete products.

March 19, 2014

Adam Schoelkopf of Bedford True Value Hardware in Bedford, N.Y., recently accepted a True Value Best Hardware Store in Town award on behalf of the store.

A total of 13 stores were recognized by the co-op during its Spring & Rental Reunion held in Atlanta. 

“These are talented business people who work incredibly hard to bring their communities the best service and shopping experiences possible,” said True Value president and CEO John Hartmann. 

March 7, 2014

After opening a store in Athens, Ga., in November, Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber today announced the opening of a new yard in the Atlanta area. 

The new location, a former Stock Building Supply unit, is in Oakwood, Ga. It is the company’s second location in the Atlanta area.

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