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February 19, 2013

San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Hardware said sales were down in 2012, but the company pointed to improved “financial flexibility.”

September 21, 2012

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corp. announced it will add two California stores to its rollout of a new neighborhood format, with the grand re-openings of a pair of stores in the company’s hometown of San Jose on Oct. 6. 

Both stores have been operational for years, but the company said that the reformatting is so significant that they would be marked by grand re-opening celebrations.

June 1, 2012

In his company’s first earnings call since its spinoff from Sears, Orchard Supply Hardware CEO Mark Baker introduced his company to analysts as a unique player, operating, at about 44,000 sq. ft., between the big boxes and the small independents. He described his newly public company’s focus on three high-margin categories: repair and maintenance, backyard, and paint. He also explained Orchard Supply was in transition mode — an 80-year-old company turning around several years of negative comps, with upgraded merchandising and stores.

April 26, 2012

In the California company’s first full-year fiscal earnings report since separating from Sears, Orchard Supply posted a net loss of $14.5 million, compared to net income of $8.7 million in fiscal year 2010.

The company’s sales in 2011 were $660.5 million, roughly flat from the prior years. Same store sales declined 0.6% -- average ticket was up, but transaction volume was down.

March 29, 2012

San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corp. plans to open a new Orchard Supply Hardware store in Fresno, Calif. on April 14th. 

The store will be Orchard’s 88th, and the fourth store in Fresno. Grand Opening events include a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 7 a.m., as well as day-long vendor demos, spin and win, kid’s activities and door prizes, including a patio set and a Weber Summit Grill.

February 9, 2012

San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Co. CEO Mark Baker described the retailer's efforts to keep the brand fresh while also honoring the company's 80-plus-year history.

An emphasis on the in-store experience and local knowledge is key for the California chain, Baker explained during his presentation to the Presidents Council advisory board meeting during the International Builders' Show here in Orlando, Fla.

"We're not a small big box, but a really big small box," he said.

January 25, 2012

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, former Home Depot merchant Mark Baker -- now the CEO of the newly public Orchard Supply Hardware -- talks about his expansion plans for the California chain, last year’s net losses ($15 million to $17 million), his favorite mode of transportation (a Cessna Caravan) and his motorcycle (a Harley-Davidson Road King). 

January 4, 2012

On its first day of trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "OSH," Orchard Supply Hardware fell $1.47 to close at $23.55.

It was a lackluster day for the company's stock, but the San Jose, Calif.-based hardware chain is eager to begin corporate life as an independent publicly traded company, said CEO Mark Baker.

The retailer completed its spin-off from Sears Holdings Dec. 30 at 11:59 p.m. 

September 28, 2011

Orchard Supply Hardware has gone through a lot of changes in its 80-year history, but the California chain — now numbering 89 units with $660.7 million in annual sales — has weathered them all. Changes in ownership, leadership, store design, color scheme and signage have come and gone. But the stores’ customers — known for their exceptional loyalty — have generally stuck with the chain. 


September 7, 2011

Orchard, the California home improvement chain formerly known as Orchard Supply Hardware or OSH, is opening a new store in South San Jose on Sept. 17. The new unit will be the company’s 89th location. 

June 24, 2011

Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings Corp. said it plans to spin off its interest in Orchard Supply Hardware Stores, an 89-store chain that operates in California.

Orchard Supply Hardware -- also known as OSH -- recently named Mark Baker, a former top merchant at The Home Depot, as its CEO. OSH is based in San Jose and posted $660.7 million in sales in 2010, with a profit of $8.7 million.

May 3, 2011

From New York’s Island to the Redwood Forests, the great American hardware store maintains a revered place in the commercial history of these United States. 


On the following pages, Home Channel News editors travel state-by-state to find examples of leading hardware store retailers. To those deserving candidates not on the list — and there are many — we offer this advice as consolation: “Keep up the good work. We’ll get to you eventually.” 


April 29, 2011

Steve Mahurin, the former Home Depot and True Value Co. merchandising executive, will take over as the senior merchant at San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Hardware.

Mahurin's appointment as executive VP and chief merchandising officer takes effect May 2. He will replace Steve Olsen, who has been named senior VP and chief strategy officer for the California hardware chain. Both men will report to Mark Baker, who was named CEO earlier this year. 

March 31, 2011
March 8, 2011

Orchard Supply Hardware has named retail veteran Mark Baker as its new president and CEO. Baker will replace Robert Lynch, who left last December to take a job as president and chief operating officer at Lumber Liquidators.

November 3, 2010

Scotts Miracle-Gro chairman and CEO Jim Hagedorn will not retire as CEO this year....

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