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Home Hardware’s Kevin Harris Named 2019 Young Retailer of the Year

​ST. JACOBS, ONTARIO – May 7, 2019 – Kevin Harris, Store Manager of Harris Home Hardware in London, Ontario, has been named one of the independent hardware industry’s seven 2019 Young Retailer of the Year honorees by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA).

The Young Retailer of the Year program, now in its 23rd year, identifies and promotes the next generation of aspiring independent home improvement retailers. It recognizes individual achievement by industry retailers age 35 and younger throughout Canada and the U.S. Selected from three separate retail categories, honorees are chosen based on a number of criteria, including professional milestones, community engagement, continuing hardware industry education and extracurricular activities.

“It is truly an honour and a privilege to receive this accolade,” said Kevin Harris, Store Manager, Harris Home Hardware. “This achievement was made possible by the hard work, diligence and team effort of our Staff and Management as well as the loyal support of our customers,” said Kevin Harris, Store Manager, Harris Home Hardware.

Kevin began his home improvement career in April 2010, when he joined his parents’ business as the store merchandiser. In 2013, Kevin transitioned to store manager and in five years doubled store sales.

“To be selected as a Young Retailer of the Year is a high honour,” said Scott Wright, Executive Director of the Retail Leadership Institute. “Manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers all anticipate the selection and celebration of the extraordinary accomplishments of the honorees. Kevin shows the kind of energy and ambition that will move our industry forward.”

The 23rd Young Retailer of the Year awards banquet will be held Monday, May 6, at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel prior to the opening of the National Hardware Show® and NRHA All-Industry Conference. For more information on the awards program, honorees and more, please visit nrha.org/yroty.


About the North American Retail Hardware Association
Founded in 1900 by a group of retailers, NRHA is a not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to help hardware stores, home center and lumberyards in the U.S. and Canada become better and more profitable retailers. Governed by a board of independent hardware retailers, NRHA fulfills its mission by providing information, communication, training programs and networking opportunities for the industry it serves. Each month, NRHA publishes Hardware Retailing magazine, which reaches approximately 35,000 home improvement industry professionals. NRHA also provides a wealth of online training and educational resources to thousands of retailers at nrha.org.

About Home Hardware Stores Limited
Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials, and furniture home improvement retailer with close to 1,100 stores under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Founded in 1964 in rural St. Jacobs, Ontario, Home Hardware remains 100% Canadian owned and operated. Through the Home Hardware network, Dealer-Owners have access to 55,000 quality, brand name and private label products, a state-of-the-art distribution system and extensive marketing and training programs. Offering a mix of tradition and innovation, Home Hardware Stores Limited has received designation as one of Canada's Best Brands and Best Managed Companies and is committed to helping Canadians with all of their project needs. More information about the company is available at homehardware.ca.

For more information, please contact
Carly Verhoeven, Public Relations Coordinator, Home Hardware Stores Limited,
(519) 664-2252, ex 6676, carly.verhoeven@homehardware.ca

Jessica Kuepfer, Public Relations Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited,
(519) 664-4612, jessica.kuepfer@homehardware.ca