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Nick Malone replaces Alan Blundell in senior merchant role at Lowe’s Canada

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — Nick Malone, formerly senior director of central merchandising for Lowe’s Canada, has been promoted to vice president merchandising for the Lowe’s banner at Lowe’s Canada…

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BMCC, the national industry association, makes gains with recruitment platform

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — According Denis Melanson, chair of the Building Material Council of Canada (BMCC), 25% of the workforce in lumber and building materials is age 55 and over…

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Canadian Tire uses REIT to raise money to build its own retail brands

TORONTO — Canadian Tire Corp. may be getting ready for more acquisitions…

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Housing markets expected to slow in coming years, with renos staying stable

OTTAWA — After strengthened activity in 2016 and 2017, housing starts in this country have been slowing through 2018…

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Branding takes on local meaning with independent dealers

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Branding can work globally, nationally and locally. That was just one of the conclusions of the recent Hardlines Conference, at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont…

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Lampert makes bid for Sears

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund has made a $4.6…

Ikea pilots smaller showrooms

LEIDEN, Netherlands — Ikea announced it will open several small showrooms in cities around the…

Loblaw launches loyalty program

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. is rolling out a subscription service to its PC Optimum members…

Housing starts up in November

OTTAWA — Housing starts came to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 215,941 units in November…

Residential building permits rise in October

OTTAWA — Canadian municipalities issued $8.1 billion worth of building permits in October, StatCan reports…

Dealers share ideas at NRHA conference

CHICAGO — Joining forces with other hardware stores in your community to share advertising efforts was just one of the tips shared…

Lee Valley, Reno Depot get customer experience nod

MONTREAL — The seventh annual Leger Wow Index was published late last month, measuring customer…

Softwood lumber prices "waffle"

VANCOUVER — The decline in North American construction framing dimension softwood lumber…

New role for Tammy Wallace at Home Hardware

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware has announced the appointment of Tammy Wallace, as…

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Coast Distributors promotes Dave Scheltgen

NANAIMO, B.C. — Coast Distributors Ltd. has announced the promotion of David Scheltgen to its outside sales team…

Shoppers stretch holiday budgets: poll

TORONTO — Canadians are shopping for more than gifts this season, according to a poll by Ebates.ca. Other…

Castle launches mobile-friendly site

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Castle Building Centres has redesigned its website with a more…

Home Depot makes list of Canada's top employers

MILL VALLEY, Calif. — An online job board has selected its 25 top national companies to work for, and Home Depot Canada makes the cut…