Hardware Retailing

APR 2011

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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April 2011 Calendar Industry Shows, Conventions & Meetings DON'T MISS OUT Lawn & Garden Month It's official, spring is here and depending on where your store is located, it may or may not look like it. But, retailers need to be prepared for the first sign of warmer temperatures and have all of their lawn and garden products ready for cabin fever-weary customers. Celebrate Lawn and Garden Month with a variety of sales throughout the department, and even invite some local lawn and garden experts into your store to host a seminar or two. April 1-3 Ace Hardware Corp. Spring Convention, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago. Contact Ace Convention Dept., 630-990-2706. April 10-12 Home Hardware. Spring Dealer Market, Henry Sittler Building, St. Jacobs, Ontario. Contact 519-664-2252. April 17-19 TruServ Canada. Dealer Market, April 17-19, Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Contact 204-453-9613. For a full list of upcoming events beyond the current month, visit www.nrha.org. April 22 Earth Day Host a gardening or transplanting seminar in your store to celebrate the one day out of the year when it is okay to play in the dirt all day long. April 21 National High Five Day There's no better way to celebrate this holiday than by greeting all of your customers with a high five, instead of a handshake. April 24 Easter To attract more families into your store, host an Easter egg decorating day. This will be a great way to introduce customers to your housewares department. April 28-30 Kentucky Building Material Association. 106th KBMA Convention, Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Ky. Contact 502-245-6730. April 26-28 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show. Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas. Contact National Kitchen and Bath Association, 800-933-8735. 66 Hardware Retailing www.nrha.org

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