Hardware Retailing

JAN 2019

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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HARDWARE RETAILING | January 2019 56 New Cook in the Kitchen G adgets are a fundamental piece of the hardware industry. Adults can get the same sense of wonderment as children with a new toy when they get their hands on the latest piece of technology. Kitchen tools can bring much of the same excitement as more common categories such as power tools. They can save time, increase safety in the kitchen and add great diversity to the housewares department. One area that has more than its share of gadgets is small kitchen appliances. Kitchen appliances have become as sophisticated as the most modern power tool, and consumers are looking for these products in growing numbers. Retailers have expanded their homewares and kitchen appliances departments with a goal toward achieving a one-stop shop for the budding home cook. Making kitchen gadgets a standout area of your business can highlight how advanced a kitchen department can be. From spiralizers to pressure cookers, kitchen accessories run the gamut of designs, purposes and price points. Hardware Retailing spoke to two retailers who have expanded their kitchen appliances department beyond pots and pans to find out what consumers are looking for and how independent home improvement retailers can make the most of this key department. Kitchen Plus More is a 2,500-square-foot location offering hardware categories along with upscale kitchen appliances and decorative items. The Long Island City, New York, business is part of a larger retail operation that also includes grocery stores, owner Ovidiu Teja says. Prescott True Value, located in Prescott, Arizona, built its kitchen offerings in a community that was undersupplied, manager Suzanne Springer says. The 30,000-square-foot location devotes over 4,000 square feet of its salesfloor to kitchen appliances and gadgets, incorporating these items into a broader housewares and gift area that allows for a diverse product selection. To see how some of these kitchen items work, check out TheRedT.com/chef-chad, where Hardware Retailing editor Chad Husted demonstrates a few of his favorite cooking techniques. Elevating the Kitchen While small kitchen appliances and cooking tools are familiar sights in many independent hardware retail businesses, high-technology devices like electric pressure cookers toe a line that allows them to be looked at similarly to high-end power tools or innovative hardware products. Technology Brings More Options to the Housewares Department By Chad Husted, chusted@nrha.org

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