Paladin Clients Honored as Stihl All-Stars
A trio of Paladin client stores was recently honored as 2023 Stihl All-Star stores in the May edition of HBS Dealer.
Osterville Hardware, formerly Osterville Home & Garden, has been serving the community of Osterville, Massachusetts since 1944. New owners James and Megan Cote continue that tradition of providing friendly service and quality products. The couple purchased the once thriving store that had fallen on tough times not long after James graduated from college and have returned it to its former place as a go-to location for home improvement. The Cote’s story was told in a 2017 edition of Hardware Retailing. The store joined the Paladin family in 2021.
Hilltop Hardware and Lumber in Idabel, Oklahoma, is one of two stores owned by Dwight and Kelly Clardy. The second is in Broken Bow. The business began as Herron Lumberyard, a finish mill, in the 1950s. After several changes of ownership and a catastrophic fire in 2017, the Clardys purchased the business in 2020. They joined the Paladin family in 2021 and began building their business. The second location was added and in 2022, the store was honored as Industry of the Year by the Idabel Chamber of Commerce.
Whetstone Home Center in Milbank, South Dakota, was purchased by Mike and Amy Locke in 2016 and the couple has made a lasting impact on their community. The business was largely a lumberyard when they bought it. They added the Hardware Hank brand supplied by United Hardware, chose Paladin Data Corporation as their technology provider, and successfully turned their focus on serving the residents of a good chunk of northeastern South Dakota. Their customers have responded by making the store the winner of the Valspar Paint Race, a paint sales contest, for two consecutive years.
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