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Home Hardware Stores Limited Celebrates Its Centennial Market

"A Good Business Plan Never Goes Out of Style" the theme for this important milestone

ST. JACOBS, ON, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - One of Canada's Best Managed Company's proves that 'a good business plan never goes out of style' as Home Hardware Stores Limited celebrates its 100 th Market from April 14 to 16. Bringing together the massive purchasing power of close to 1,100 stores from across Canada, this year's Market is built around the strong tradition of supporting independent retailers, which started 49 years ago in St. Jacobs.

Held twice annually, Home Hardware's Markets are a showcase for the company's extensive selection of products and the latest trends in home improvement. Dealer-Owners have the opportunity to explore Home Hardware's systems, services and training designed to assist them in growing and developing their business.

In addition to purchasing opportunities, the Spring Market will feature presentations from special guest speakers, including Paul Straus, Food Network star and Home Hardware's Kitchen Expert Anna Olson, and renowned leadership expert Stephen M.R. Covey.

Twice a year, the Kitchener-Waterloo community rolls out the red carpet for more than 10,000 Dealer-Owners, staff, suppliers and guests. Over the past 20 years, Home Hardware Markets have generated an estimated $13M for this region. During the Market, visitors occupy more than 3,000 hotel rooms and the region has become so well regarded that many Dealers now bring their families to the area for an extended stay. For its contribution to the region, Home Hardware was awarded the first ever Corporate Tourism Ambassador Award from the Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation.

QUOTES:

"In February, Home Hardware was named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies and in 2012 we were ranked one of Canada's Most Valuable Brands. This celebration of our 100 th Market is the result of our commitment to always putting the Dealer at the forefront of everything we do."

"Dealer-Owners from coast to coast reap the benefits of being part of the Home team. The collective buying power of our network ensures that regardless of size or location, all stores are able to provide competitive pricing, high quality products and the superior customer service that Home is known for, while at the same time, operating as independent entrepreneurs. This is truly the best of both worlds."

  • Paul Straus, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND ** THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC **

Highlights of the 2013 Spring Market include:

  • Monday, April 15, 8:00 a.m. - Guest Speaker - Paul Straus, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited will share how a strong business plan never goes out of style and take the audience on a journey of the highlights of the past 100 Markets.
  • Monday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. - Distribution Centre Tour - A tour of Home Hardware's industry leading Distribution Centre.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 8:00 a.m. - Keynote Speaker - Stephen M.R. Covey, the Founder of FranklinCovey. A world renowned provider of time management and leadership training, and the author of 'The Speed of Trust' shares his philosophies.

About Home Hardware Stores Limited 100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country's largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes close to 1,100 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware's independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada's best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware's network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices.

SOURCE Home Hardware Stores Limited

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