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San Marcos police looking for duo after hardware store theft – News – Austin American-Statesman

Police are looking for a man and a woman who stole a large amount of electrical wiring from a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in San Marcos on Sept. 13.

The pair left in a gray four-door car, San Marcos police said in a Monday Facebook post. Police also provided photos of the man they believe was responsible for the theft in their social media post.

Authorities said the man, who is wearing a blue shirt, light blue pants and white athletic shoes in police photos, had an ankle monitor on his left leg. The device is commonly used by law enforcement probation and parole departments.

San Marcos police said they are waiting for responses from multiple probation and parole departments for possible identification of the man in the photos.

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B&M discount chain to open up to 45 stores

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Discount chain B&M has said it will open up to 45 new stores this year after sales soared during the coronavirus lockdown.

It said its business model was “well-attuned” to customer needs, with discount goods being sold at out-of-town stores.

Retailers have had mixed fortunes during the coronavirus pandemic.

In August, retail sales were boosted by increased spending on DIY, but clothing sales still lagged.

Supermarkets and DIY stores are among the retailers that have seen high demand during the pandemic as people stocked up on food and home improvement goods during and after lockdown.

Last week, Tesco and Morrisons again put limits on the number of some items that shoppers could buy to try to prevent a repeat of panic-buying which led to shortages in March.

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B&M, which sells goods including DIY and foodstuffs, said its staff had done well to

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Inuvo’s IntentKey Uncovers Changing Home Renovation Audience Behaviors in Midst of COVID-19 for …

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inuvo, Inc. (NYSE American: INUV), a leading provider of marketing technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that serves brands and agencies, today announces how the IntentKey artificial intelligence (AI) technology has built strong brand awareness with new audiences for a national home improvement retailer client by uncovering changing audience behaviors in the midst of COVID-19.

The pandemic has created a boom in home remodeling, as more time at home has changed the way people need their homes to function. Houzz reported a 58% increase in professional referrals for projects year-over-year. In a Porch.com survey, more than 75% of consumers said they plan to take on a new project within the next 12 months. CNBC coverage also boasts record high equity is giving homeowners the financial flexibility and confidence to reinvest in their homes as real estate prices increase amid record low

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Do-It-Yourselfers Will Continue to Fuel Home Improvement Market Post-Pandemic, Reports NPD

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects in the U.S. during the pandemic is a trend that will continue with more than 40% of consumers indicating having post-pandemic DIY home improvement plans. According to new insight on the home improvement market from The NPD Group’s Checkout information, approximately one in ten consumers have taken on home projects they would have hired professional services for pre-pandemic, including cleaning, landscaping, maintenance, repairs, and even remodeling.

Through the pandemic, while most brick-and-mortar channels experienced declines in purchases due to COVID-19, the home hardware store channel has benefited from the consumer’s increased focus on their living spaces, and personal interest in taking on some new projects. With 11% more purchases than last year, home hardware stores were the second fastest growing channel in the first seven months of 2020.

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Retailer Opens New Store in the Capital

Home Improvement retailer Wickes has opened a brand new store in Cardiff. The national brand closed its Cardiff West shop as part of its estate transformation strategy; relocating the operation to Dragon Retail Park, Newport Road, (opposite Morrisons). The store is open Monday to Saturday 7am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

New store, new offering 

The 30,000 square foot unit supports Wickes’ distinctive service model and new store format, with clear areas that cater for DIYers, small trade and those consumers looking for support on larger transformational home improvement projects. The new Cardiff store also marks a milestone for the retailer, as 60% of its stores nationwide are now in this new customer friendly format.

The quick, simple and easy to shop layout features a wide range of products and includes a Dulux in-store mixing service and a new outdoor project centre. A 5,000 square foot purpose built

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UK Home Improvement Market Report 2020: Analysis of the Impact of Covid-19 and Future Implications – ResearchAndMarkets.com

The “UK Home Improvement 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Spending on DIY, Gardening, and Home Improvement has been severely impacted by the Coronavirus crisis in the UK. Utilising a mixture of consumer and company data, this report looks at the performance of the major retailers, at how consumer behaviour and key categories have changed in 2020 (compared to 2019 and prior) and at how this will shape the rest of this year and beyond.

After Brexit, political uncertainty, poor weather, and a slow housing market weighed down on sales in 2019, 2020 briefly got off to a better start until, from March onwards, the Covid pandemic and sweeping restrictions on shops and people had a dramatic impact on spending.

Consumers were encouraged to stay home and many stores were shut (including B&Q, Wickes, and Homebase which, despite being deemed essential retailers’, completely closed their stores for anything

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47 Cheap Ways To Make Your Home Look SO Much Better

Home improvement doesn’t always mean dropping a ton of money to make things look better. In fact, there are many cheap ways to make your home look and feel better in an instant. Small improvements and additions can make a huge impact on your home and its overall ambiance — and thanks to Amazon, finding these types of life-changing pieces is now easier than ever.

To give you a head start on your new home-upgrading project, I’ve combed through the marketplace and uncovered some great finds. So before you begin shopping, it may be worth checking out these items that’ll quickly turn your dwelling space into the comfortable, yet aesthetic environment you always knew it could be.

From stainless steel contact paper that can be used to spruce up your appliances to decorative rugs that’ll add texture and depth your living space, this list has it all. There are tons

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Home Depot May Take Over Bed Bath & Beyond UES Store

731 Lexington Avenue and 410 East 61st Street (inset) with Vornado's Steve Roth (Googel Maps; VNO)

731 Lexington Avenue and 410 East 61st Street (inset) with Vornado’s Steve Roth (Googel Maps; VNO)

Big-box retailers are playing musical stores on the Upper East Side.

Home Depot, which currently leases nearly 80,000 square feet at Vornado Realty Trust’s 731 Lexington Avenue, may be moving to a bigger spot in the neighborhood.

The home improvement store is on its way to taking over the more than 90,000-square-foot space Bed Bath & Beyond currently occupies at 410 East 61st Street, sources told The Real Deal. The retail condo and garage is owned by Gazit Horizons, whose president and CEO Jeff Mooallem declined comment through a spokeswoman. The deal is reportedly close to completion, with Ripco representing Home Depot.

This week, Bed Bath & Beyond announced it would shutter that location by December as part of its larger plan to close 200 stores throughout the U.S.

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Wisconsin Home Improvement Chain Appeals Jury Award for Woman’s Injury

Menard Inc. is appealing a jury award to a woman who was injured when she fell over a flatbed cart at its store in Minot, North Dakota.

A jury last year awarded nearly $40,000 to Darlene Johnson, plus about $145,000 in attorney’s fees in a civil lawsuit against the home improvement chain, based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

According to the complaint in the case, Johnson went to Menards in May 2013 to exchange a floor vent. She stopped at the customer service desk to ask about exchanging the item.

As Johnson turned to leave, she fell onto the flatbed cart that had been left in the walking area beside the service desk, Minot Daily News reported.

Johnson cracked seven teeth which required extensive dental work, including root canals and bridges.

Her attorneys argued Menards was at fault for not keeping the walking area free of obstructions. Menards lawyers said Johnson

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Habitat for Humanity Restore in San Angelo helps with home improvement

Colin Murphey, San Angelo Standard-Times
Published 2:28 p.m. CT Sept. 2, 2020

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Pam Hammer, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity in San Angelo at center, opens the Restore for business Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Photo: Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times)

SAN ANGELO — For people isolating at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic who may have found time for do-it-yourself projects or home improvement efforts, there is a resource in San Angelo that offers a low-cost alternative to big-name hardware stores.

And while many of the products at the Habitat for Humanity Restore may be used, they are far from used up.

The Habitat for Humanity Restore, located at 401 N. Chadbourne St. in downtown San Angelo, is a nonprofit home improvement store which not only saves customers money, but also keeps building materials out of local landfills and helps support the work of Habitat

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