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Payzant Home Hardware Building Centre’s General Manager Named 2017 Young Retailer of the Year

Lower Sackville, NS, May 12, 2017 - Matthew Payzant, General Manager of Payzant Home Hardware Building Centre in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia has been awarded the 2017 Young Retailer of the Year Award by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA).

The honorees represent three categories, including retailers operating multiple locations, stores with annual sales under $2 million, and stores with annual sales over $2 million. Payzant was one of the hardware industry's eight award recipients and won under the category for successfully operating multiple locations.

The NRHA is now in its 21st year and honours the next generation of aspiring independent home improvement retailers as well as recognizes individual achievements of retailers 35 years and younger throughout the U.S. and Canada. Selected from different retail categories, winners were chosen based on a number of criteria includingcareer accomplishments, community involvement, hardware industry education and extracurricular activities.

"The Young Retailer Award is a great honour, but I couldn't have earned it if it weren't for the hard work of our management team, our staff and the continued support of our customers. Since my grandfather started this company in 1964, Payzants has stood for quality, service and dependability and we continue to work hard on delivering that promise in each of our 5 locations."

- Matthew Payzant, General Manager, Payzant Home Hardware Building Centre

The Young Retailer of the Year banquet was held at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel on May 8th, 2017.

About the North American Retail Hardware Association:
Founded in 1900 by a group of retailers, the North American Retail Hardware Association 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 over 34,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. NRHA provides a wealth of online training and educational resources to thousands of retailers on www.nrha.org. For more information on the awards program and conference visit www.nrhaconference.com.

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 with annual retail sales of over $6 billion. 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 100,000 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 further information, please contact:
Jessica Kuepfer, Public Relations Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited. (519) 664-4612. Jessica.Kuepfer@homehardware.ca

Carly Verhoeven, Public Relations Coordinator, Home Hardware Stores Limited. (519) 664-2252 ext. 6676 carly.verhoeven@homehardware.ca