Hardware Retailing

OCT 2018

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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October 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 79 Changing the Spectrum Trends of what homebuyers want in one room can affect connected rooms and spaces, and that doesn't change in outdoor living. "With homeowners improving their outdoor spaces, there's a push for more elegance, more vibrancy to reflect the choices they've made inside their home," Chamblee says. "This factors into the lighting fixture and bulb choice as well as smart home accessories. Our customers are constantly saying, 'I've been wishing for a decade that my lights could do this.' Now technology has caught up with consumer expectations." Chamblee has seen a move toward rustic lighting that stays in line with other home trends, such as the farmhouse style. Slightly rustic finishes that give the appearance of being weathered are in high demand, but quality is still high on the wish list for consumers. Products must be able to hold up in outdoor conditions, with or without a covering over the light fixture. Joe Girard, owner of Girard's Ace Hardware, Lighting and Furniture in Bourbonnais, Illinois, says having a wide selection of bulbs will help build a retailer's reputation as a destination for lighting. Outdoor spaces continue to play a major role in homebuying decisions. magnetsource.com Retail Magnetism You can rely on over 40 years of experience and over 250 products to support your continued success. Let us show you how the retail power of magnetic attraction can work for you. Our magnets attract customers and prots. Call 888.293.9190 or visit magnetsource.com/retailsupport Your Best Source in the Magnetic Field

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