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Quebec store reopens under TIMBER MART as groups vie for independents

VAUGHAN, Ont. ― Amidst a series of major upheavals to the retail landscape in Quebec, the battle for independent dealers continues unabated, the latest a move in favour of TIMBER MART Group…

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Latest research on industry growth reveals resilience to retail challenges

TORONTO — Industry growth that has exceeded forecasts signals good news for the retail home improvement industry, despite a litany of factors that continue to challenge the sector…

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Residential construction spending up despite lower forecasts

OTTAWA — Spending on new construction in the first four months of 2016 from Statistics Canada indicate that total investment in residential construction rose 2.1% over the first quarter of the year, to $26.1 billion…

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Visual communication key to consumer engagement

TORONTO —For retailers, communicating with your customers is crucial. As non-traditional means of communication continue to evolve, retailers have to be sure to keep on top of trends to continue delivering what customers need in the ways they want it…

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Lowe’s Canada announces new leadership team

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — Lowe’s Canada has formalized its leadership team following its takeover of RONA inc. The new lineup includes some RONA veterans and at least one newcomer to the company…

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Home Hardware golfs for Alzheimer's Society

JACOBS, Ont. ― Some 600 Home Hardware Dealer-Owners, staff, suppliers, and friends…

Walmart Canada names Tappendon as CEO

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — At Walmart Canada, COO Lee Tappenden has been promoted…

Price wars challenge Bunnings model

PERTH, Australia ― A price war in the British DIY market could put a wrench in Bunnings’…

BMR teams participate in Relay for Life

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. ― Groupe BMR has delivered a cheque for $50,000 to the Canadian…

Reno intentions down as spending rises

TORONTO ― The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has reported that the housing…

New home sales slow in U.S. in May

WASHINGTON ― Sales of new homes in the U.S. dropped in May, which was nevertheless…

First UK Bunnings store in October

PERTH, Australia ― Wesfarmers will roll out the first conversion of a Homebase store…

Home Hardware recognized by truckers

ST. JACOBS, Ont. ― Trucking HR Canada named Home Hardware a Top Fleet Employer…

Retail sales edge up in April

OTTAWA ― Following a 0.8% decline in March, retail sales rose 0.9% to $44.3 billion…

Quebec store reopens under TIMBER MART

VAUGHAN, Ont. ― Centre de rénovation J.R. Roy opened its doors to a newly renovated…

In Memoriam: Rick Gray

Rick Gray, a veteran of Canadian Tire veteran of more than 20 years, died last week…

Classified of the week: Lee Valley

Lee Valley Tools requires a Vice President, Retail Operations to lead its team of store…

BMR invests in Montreal-area store

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. ― Groupe BMR has announced it will invest more than $1 million…

Another new Ace member in Quebec

WINNIPEG ― Ace Canada announced that the Armand Dumaresq Building Centre in…