Gainesville, FL – Adra Kennard, President of Kennard Ace Hardware of Newberry FL has been named Young Retailer of the Year in the Multiple Store category for 2014 by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). At age 35 and the mother of five, Kennard owns and operates six Ace Hardware locations in the North Central Florida area.
Not long after she took over the store when her father retired, Kennard doubled the total square footage of the family business and tripled the sales volume. She has so far directed the opening of three stores and used her keen sense of what the customer wants to help her shape her product mix. “Neither my father nor I have ever been afraid to try new things in business, whether it is product, technology or adding a niche,” she says. The Young Retailer of the Year awards banquet will be held May 5 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel prior to the opening of the National Hardware Show®.
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Founded in 1900 by a group of hardware retailers, the North American Retail Hardware Association is a not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to help hardware stores; home centers and lumberyards in the U.S. and Canada become better and more profitable retailers. NRHA fulfills its mission by providing information, communication, training programs and networking opportunities for the industry it serves. The NRHA publishes Hardware Retailing magazine monthly and also provides a wealth of online training and educational resources to thousands of retailers on http://www.nrha.org.