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Outstanding retailers awarded at Hardlines Gala

TORONTO — Canada’s finest hardware and home improvement retailers were honoured last week at Hardlines’ 2014 Outstanding Retailer Awards. The awards were part of a gala dinner that concluded day one of the 19th Annual Hardlines Conference.

HARDLINES celebrates the industry’s finest once a year at the esteemed ORA Gala Dinner. Dealers from across the country were awarded, in a range of categories covering the gamut of home improvement retailing formats.

“The winners of this year’s ORAs consistently displayed strong business savvy combined with passionate involvement in their local communities,” said Michael McLarney, Editor and President of Hardlines Inc. “That was true whether they were small independents or managers of big box stores.”

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Hardlines Conference gets back to community basics

TORONTO — The key to staying on the top of your game is always remembering who you’re playing for. When it comes to the home improvement industry, all retailers need to jog their memories is to look around—whether at their store, at the outdoor rink, or even the dog park—and be reminded of the people in their communities that determine their success.

This theme of community involvement ran strongly throughout the 19th annual Hardlines Conference last week. Greg Hicks, the senior vice president of merchandising for Canadian Tire, explained how the iconic Canadian brand, facing declining sales, re-evaluated and came to the conclusion that it had to get back to its original values.

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Federated Co-op seeks home improvement acquisitions

TORONTO — The farm economy in the West has been healthy over the past couple of years, and farm and hardware retailer Federated Co-operatives Ltd. has amassed a war chest and is looking for acquisitions. It’s already bought up 14 Sobeys stores and 17 agro stores from Viterra this year in Western Canada…

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Canadian Tire to open flagship store in Edmonton

TORONTO — Canadian Tire is on track to open a new flagship store in Edmonton next week. The new showcase format will be 137,000 square feet—far surpassing the retailer’s largest existing store, which measures 90,000 square feet. Details of this new format were revealed at the 19th Annual Hardlines Conference during a presentation by Greg Hicks, the senior vice president of merchandising at Canadian Tire.

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Big boxes look for ways to re-invent

SPECIAL REPORT — As many retailers look for ways to reduce the footprint of their stores, some retailers remain married to the big box format. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t trying out new ideas.

Home Depot Canada has been experimenting with using its stores as showrooms for online purchases. In the spring, it upgraded merchandise at 56 locations to showcase products, including a line of patio furniture, available only online.

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