From the ARCHIVES: this week in 1995

A.W.A.R.D. was once the dominant buying group for independents in Atlantic Canada. Part of the now-defunct Matreco umbrella buying group, it was affiliated with Tim-BR Mart Ltd., (now TIM-BR MART Group), Homecare in Ontario, and Le Groupe BMR in Quebec. Over time, both A.W.A.R.D. and Homecare became part of TIM-BR MART. Our second edition of HARDLINES reported on A.W.A.R.D.’s efforts to roll out more sophisticated merchandising for its members. Also: Home Depot Canada announced plans to open its largest store yet in Canada. (Click here to read some classic news and typos from 20 years ago! —Editor)