June 27, 2022

  • Front-of-the-line access: tickets available next week for Hardlines Conference
  • Home Hardware’s new warehouse management system is up and running
  • BMR shuts down La Shop, its two pilot urban stores in Montreal
  • Homeowners remain positive about reno spending despite inflation
  • PLUS: Schell Lumber and Wiener’s Home Hardware mark 100 years, EAB recognized for recycling efforts, Cathelle’s Judy Palmer to retire, Goodfellow appoints chair, Ace store gets new owner, hires at Lixil Canada, RONA Outaouais grand opening in Buckingham, Que., retail sales increase, U.S. housing starts, and more!

June 20, 2022

  • Lowe's Canada introduces power tool lines for pros and DIYers
  • Global DIY Summit: expect a new consumer mindset, more project sales
  • Why your brand has to stand for something that’s important to consumers
  • Canadian Tire undertakes aggressive rollout of Concept Connect
  • PLUS: New majority owner at BMR store in La Tuque, Que., Federated Co-op names Community Spaces program recipients, Canadian Tire launches activewear brand, Giant Tiger will hold grand opening, Kruger acquires Domtar pulp mill, GMS acquires Florida dealer, home sales fall in May, and more!

June 6, 2022

  • Reorg at BMR head office includes new head merchant and new COO
  • TORBSA merges with U.S.-based buying group
  • Canadian roofing giant IKO opens new Brampton facility
  • CertainTeed parent Saint-Gobain to acquire Kaycan
  • PLUS: RONA Buying Show re-imagined, BuildDirect.com reports Q1 revenues, U.S. construction spending, Lowe’s Canada garners award, and more!

May 30, 2022

  • Marianne Thompson, Home Hardware’s chief merchant: Hardlines Podcast
  • Canadian first-quarter performance of Home Depot and Lowe’s
  • Canadian Tire builds online loyalty with Triangle Rewards program
  • Home improvement can play a leadership role in promoting green
  • PLUS: Sexton Group’s newest member, IKEA Canada opens first downtown location, Dollarama CEO’s compensation doubles, Shepherd Hardware Products acquires floor care line, new home sales in the U.S. drop, acquisition by Stanley Black & Decker, Retail Council of Canada will hold its annual conference this week, and more!
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