Throwback Thursday: Ten years ago, we reported on RONA’s new focus on independents

Throwback Thursday is a regular weekly feature in which we dip into the archives of the Hardlines Weekly Report.

On May 19, 2014, almost 10 years ago, we reported on the (then) new focus on independents at RONA. We quoted Luc Rodier, then senior VP of RONA inc., about how the media around the (first) attempt by Lowe’s Cos. in 2012 to buy RONA had made some dealers feel neglected and disenfranchised.

“Yes, a number of dealers have gone to other banners, and that’s all part of the dynamic of the market.” Rodier headed up a successful push to serve RONA affiliate dealers. Lowe’s Cos. succeeded in buying RONA inc. two years later, in 2016.