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High Prairie, AB, October 25, 2013 - Jim Peyre and Ron Shunter from POPS Home Hardware Building Centre, were present to accept the store's 2013 Outstanding Retailer Award during the 18th Annual Hardlines Conference in Toronto on October 23. POPS Home Hardware Building Centre won in the category of Best Building Supply/Home Centre under 25,000 square feet.
The Outstanding Retailer Awards have been recognizing and honouring the best in home improvement retailing across Canada for more than two decades. Over the past seven years, Home Hardware has received 19 Outstanding Retailing Awards - taking home two awards this year.

A positive mindset and the pursuit of something greater for the community has driven POPS Home Hardware's success. The POPS Home Hardware team's perseverance through difficult economic conditions and their creativity in revitalizing their store are the characteristics that stuck out to the judges.

In August 2013, POPS proudly opened its 16, 000 square foot store, doubling the size of the original store, which now boasts increased product lines, including home and building. POPS is already planning more expansions for the wood centre.


QUOTES:
"We are extremely excited to receive this award. This past year was a challenging one as the store underwent great changes. Kudos to our Store Manager Ron Shunter and all of our Staff for their hard work in getting the new store up and running and for this wonderful achievement. Accolades must be given to our customers who have been extremely supportive and without them this would not have been achievable."

- Diana Oliver, Dealer-Owner, POPS Home Hardware Building Centre

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"POPS Home Hardware is a great Canadian turnaround story. The owners of POPS Home Hardware, Harold and Diana Oliver, Maryanne Peyre and Karen Peyre, understand that successful retailing is about more than just selling products. They were able to partner effectively with both their retail customers and the local builders to succeed. This store stood out for its ability to be part of the community and is integral to keeping the community alive."

- Michael McLarney, editor and president of Hardlines Inc.

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2013 Outsanding Retailer Award - POPS HHBC
Best Building Supply/Home Centre under 25,000 square feet

POPS Home Hardware Building Centre Dealer-Owner Maryanne Peyre and husband Jim (L) and Store Manager Ron Shunter and wife Treena accept the 2013 Outstanding Retailer Award for Best Building Supply/Home Centre under 25,000 square feet. The award was sponsored by Peter Thompson, Vice-President Product Development and Retail at Taymor (C).

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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. Home Hardware Stores Limited received Canada's Best Managed Companies designation in April, 2013.

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