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Top Four Retailers look to e-commerce for growth, says new Report

SPECIAL REPORT — When the big boxes came to Canada in 1994, they brought a lot of change for the home improvement and hardware industry. And over the last 20 years, HARDLINES has been faithfully tracking those changes.

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Buyers get new roles at Chalifour Canada

LONDON, Ont. — Following the departure of Andrew Pantelides, procurement and merchandising manager at Chalifour Canada back in April, some changes have been made to the buying ranks at the hardware wholesaler…

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Marks promoted, Gabel steps back in Home Hardware reorg

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware has created two new senior positions within the company to separate merchandising and marketing roles…

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Lowe’s Canada continues growth with first Northern Ontario store

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Lowe’s has opened its first location in Northern Ontario with a store in Sault Ste. Marie…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: This week in 1995

Home Depot Canada was a regular fixture in our news pages even 20 years ago. Home Depot had acquired the Aikenhead’s big box chain from Molson Cos. in February, 1995, and began opening stores at a rate of nearly one per month. Home Depot Canada president Stephen Bebis was forecasting that sales would more than double that year. On the independent front, Sodisco-Howden was expanding its Novico hardware banner outside of Quebec. By this time in 1995, there were 225 Novico-bannered dealers across the country. Take a minute to read from our HARDLINES archives!

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Sears CEO Boire steps down

TORONTO — Sears Canada has announced that its president and CEO will resign effective…

Richelieu posts Q2 growth

MONTREAL — Quincaillerie Richelieu saw sales increase by 15.5% in the second…

CanWel completes California acquisition

VANCOUVER — CanWel Building Materials has completed its acquisition of California…

Lowe's set to reach Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — Lowe’s is entering the Winnipeg market with a store in the Whyte Ridge…

Happy Canada Day, from the Hardlines team

WORLD HQ, TORONTO — The Hardlines offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 1 to celebrate the country’s 148th birthday. We’ll be back in the office on Thursday. We hope you all have a happy Canada Day!

CORRECTION: Home Depot online sales

CORRECTION: Yikes! You’d think after weeks of crunching numbers…

Co-op Atlantic closes four stores

MONCTON, N.B. — Co-op Atlantic has closed four corporate stores, two in…

Sobeys to cut 1,300 jobs, close DCs

STELLARTON, N.S. — Sobeys is getting ready to eliminate 1,300 jobs following its acquisition…

Changes at Chalifour, Joel Marks' promotion, Lowe's goes big

WORLD HQ, TORONTO — Promotions at Chalifour Canada mean new, expanded roles for key buyers…

Wal-Mart vendors face new stocking fees

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Vendors are getting the squeeze…

Ikea tests smaller stores in Europe

NORWICH, UK — Furniture retailer Ikea is planning a small-sized store…

Gasoline drags down retail sales

OTTAWA — StatCan reports that retail sales edged down 0.1% in April, following two months…

U.S. construction continues climb

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau announced that construction spending…

New roles for Marks, Gabel in Home Hardware reorg

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware has just announced the creation of two new senior positions…