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Groupe BMR celebrates 50th anniversary with annual buying show

QUEBEC CITY — Delegates from nearly 350 stores and 300 exhibitors gathered in Quebec City last week for Groupe BMR’s annual trade show…

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New digital platform helps RONA affiliates tap lucrative appliance category

MONTREAL — With the demise of Sears Canada, hardlines retailers are all eyeing the potential for heavy appliance sales…

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Notes from the Do it Best Market: How tariffs are affecting U.S. dealers

INDIANAPOLIS — Anyone curious about how softwood lumber tariffs and duties are affecting dealers south of the border had only to eavesdrop on the lumber panel discussion at the recent Do it Best show in Indianapolis…

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Home Depot to ditch chemicals in an effort to go green

ATLANTA — Home Depot is following in the footsteps of its big box competitors like Walmart and Target to disclose the chemicals found in the products it sells…

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West Fraser CEO frustrated by U.S.’s unwillingness to negotiate NAFTA terms

VANCOUVER — The lack of progress in NAFTA talks gives U.S. lumber industry lobbyists no incentive to compromise in the parallel softwood negotiations, the largest Canadian forestry firm’s CEO warns…

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

LBMAO celebrates 100 years in style

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Dealers and suppliers alike gathered last night to celebrate…

Windsor, Ont., dealer receives Lifetime Achievement Award

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Greg Drouillard, owner of Target Building Supplies in Windsor, Ont., was honoured last night with…

Giant Tiger adds three locations nationally

OTTAWA ― Giant Tiger, the junior department store chain based in Ottawa, will open new stores…

Industry leaders stress clarity, humility at Hardlines Conference

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — With the conclusion of the 22nd annual Hardlines Conference yesterday, delegates came away with a number of powerful lessons…

Loblaw closes stores, launches delivery

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Cos. Ltd. will shutter 22 underperforming stores and…

Home resales edge up in October

OTTAWA — Sales of existing Canadian homes rose slightly in October, according…

Renoware and Epicor launch application

LONDON, Ont. — Renoware announced it’s pairing up with Epicor Software Corp. for…

Outstanding retailers awarded at Hardlines Gala

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Canada’s best hardware and home improvement retailers were recognized last night at the 2017 Outstanding Retailer Awards Gala Dinner…

Greg Hicks made head of Canadian Tire Retail

TORONTO — Greg Hicks has been put in charge of Canadian Tire Retail, the company’s largest division, as…

Hardlines Conference filled with ideas, challenges

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. ― Powerful speakers brought key ideas to the delegates on day one of the 22nd annual Hardlines Conference, which kicked off in Niagara Falls, Ont., yesterday…

Bailey Metal's Ken Meinert to retire

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Bailey Metal Products has announced the upcoming retirement…

Conference kicks off at RONA Pub Night

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Close to 100 people gathered last night at a local brew pub in Niagara Falls, Ont., in anticipation of the 22nd annual Hardlines Conference…

Home Depot sales climb in third quarter

ATLANTA ― The Home Depot has reported sales of…

B.C. Sears store rebrands as RONA

SECHELT, B.C. — The last Sears store in B.C.’s Sunshine Coast region will stay in business…