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RONA and Ace dealers front and centre at latest Lowe’s Buying Show

MONTREAL — Lowe’s Canada held the annual buying show last week for its independent dealers and the event benefitted from solid attendance by both RONA affiliates and the growing number of Ace dealers in Canada…

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UFA will close Wholesale Sports chain to focus on core agro and fuel businesses

CALGARY — Wholesale Sports Canada Ltd., the sporting goods business owned by United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd., is going out of business…

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Executive spotlight: Lowe’s Canada CEO to present at Hardlines Conference

WORLD HEADQUARTERS, Toronto — In a matter of a few years, Lowe’s Canada has gone from gradual greenfields expansion to acquiring RONA inc., and now represents the country’s second-largest home improvement business…

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Weeks Home Hardware owner finds efficiencies through local expansion

HAMILTON, Ont. — Weeks Home Hardware had the grand opening for its fourth store earlier this month. The 23,000-square-foot store is the fourth for dealer-owner Ron Ciccutini…

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Softwood lumber dispute could benefit from hurricanes’ destruction

OTTAWA — The devastating impact of the hurricane season on the U.S. South could have a silver lining for Canadian softwood lumber producers…

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New ideas, fresh approach at latest Home Hardware Market

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — The branding initiative launched at Home Hardware’s spring market received a…

Ben-Mor celebrates 25th anniversary in style

SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. ― Ben-Mor is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and the wire and cable company celebrated with…

Wal-Mart forgoes holiday recruitment

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart will offer existing employees additional hours instead of…

Register now for the eRetailer Summit!

The 2nd annual Home Improvement eRetailer Summit has been rescheduled to a new date!

NAFTA talks drag

OTTAWA — The third round of NAFTA talks began this weekend and negotiators have yet…

Lowe's show focuses on Ace and RONA dealers

MONTREAL — Lowe’s Canada began its annual buying show yesterday…

Newly renovated BMR store burns down

TROIS-RIVIERÈS — Less than a month after unveiling its newly renovated store, BMR Pierre…

Retail sales edge upward in July

OTTAWA — Retail sales rose 0.4% to $49.1 billion in July, according to new StatCan data…

Softwood duties backfiring

WINNIPEG — U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber, designed to protect the lumber…

Jeld-Wen names Canada sales head

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeld-Wen has announced the appointment of Adrienne Burgess as VP…

Coast Distributors expands offerings

NANAIMO, B.C. — Coast Distributors announced it has added Bosch power tools to…

Early bird pricing ends today for Hardlines Conference

WORLD HQ, Toronto — Early Bird pricing for our Hardlines Conference ends tonight…

Toys “R” Us files for bankruptcy protection

WAYNE, N.J. — Toys “R” Us, the giant toy store chain, has filed for bankruptcy protection for its U.S. and Canadian operations…

U.S. housing starts decline again in August

WASHINGTON — Housing starts in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month in August…