September 25, 2023

  • Private brands are key at latest Home Hardware dealer market
  • Castle keeps growing with the addition of new members Canada-wide
  • What are the top banners in Canada? Find out in new Market Share Report
  • RONA continues its banner conversions with nine stores in the West
  • PLUS: TIMBER MART golf tournament raises money for kids, IKEA Canada opens distribution centre in Quebec, Matt Fortin promoted at Grainger, Wilson’s Home Hardware named Walter Hachborn Store of the Year, Giant Tiger opens in Sault Ste. Marie, Wolseley Canada to open new location in Toronto, existing home sales down, housing starts fall, and more!

September 18, 2023

  • 2023 Hardlines Conference: work and fun combined, but we’re filling up fast
  • New product trends at Home Hardware’s latest dealer show, again in Toronto
  • Home Depot’s ESG report leads way as retailers double down on ethical concerns
  • RONA’s contractor loyalty program enters fourth year with enhanced services
  • PLUS: Canadian Tire launches workwear specialty stores, Lee Valley completes another acquisition, more Lowe’s conversions, Clarington Home Hardware celebrates grand opening, Tractor Supply holds event for pets, Dollarama reports second-quarter sales, CHPTA’s Industry Hall of Fame inductees, Jeld-Wen named to Newsweek’s list of trusted companies, West Fraser to acquire Alberta mill, Innovair invests in air products company, and more!

September 11, 2023

  • Home Hardware officially launches its new Scene+ loyalty program
  • Scene+ promises big data for Home Hardware Stores—plus sector exclusivity
  • Retail leaders by region are mapped out in our new Hardlines Market Share Report
  • Lee Valley Tools’ new automated picking system goes live today
  • PLUS: BMR signs Quebec dealer, Castle celebrates new store in Ontario and adds member in B.C., Crawford names Travers president at King Marketing and relocates head office, GMS reports Q1 earnings, Peavey Mart stores add Stingray media and ads, Hudson’s Bay will add more Zellers formats, Costco Canada’s year-to-date comps, and more!

September 4, 2023

  • Meet our conference experts: RONA, Federated Co-op, digital leaders
  • RONA closes two more stores as it winds down the Lowe’s banner
  • Celebrating 45 years, Lee Valley is still growing—and still having fun
  • Home Depot targets millennials with a new online how-to portal
  • PLUS: Canac’s next store in the works, IKEA Canada opens latest convenience location, Walmart reports Q2, Lowe’s second-quarter results, Ace Hardware opens 100 new stores, Target’s second-quarter sales drop, Cloverdale Paint upgrades its manufacturing,
  • Metrie plans new manufacturing facility in Ontario, West Fraser CEO to retire, Goodfellow celebrates 125th anniversary, Cornerstone acquires Quebec’s MAC Metal, housing starts fall, residential construction declines, and more!

August 21, 2023

  • Finding the latest news at Hardlines: the stories behind the stories
  • Canadian Tire, Home Depot second-quarter results reflect a softening market
  • Wholesalers still face fallout from B.C. port strike, though LBM not as affected
  • Kent builds modular housing for N.S. wildfire relief, social housing in P.E.I.
  • Orgill invests in growth with expanded field team and new DC
  • IKEA celebrates 80th anniversary, continues small store expansion
  • PLUS: Stettler store adds Ace, Gananoque’s Charlie Donevan turns 98, one Lowe’s store won’t make the transition, Peavey Mart adds PayPal, Waterford Home Building Centre’s grand opening, another Real Canadian Superstore adds appliances, Castle’s newest member, a new home and décor retailer launches, Gillfor to distribute Trus Joist, Canfor reports Q2 loss, existing home sales dip, building permits rise, and more!
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