Home Centers & Hardware Stores

Home Centers & Hardware Stores

Overview

The 12,000 home center and hardware store companies in the US sell merchandise related to home repair, maintenance, and improvement. Hardware stores generally carry full lines of home repair and maintenance products, but may carry little to no lumber or building materials supplies. Home centers typically carry lumber and building materials in addition to traditional hardware. Companies may offer installation, project management, equipment rental, repair, or warranty services. Customers include DIY (do-it-yourself) customers, DIFM (do-it-for-me) customers, and commercial customers (builders, contractors). ↵

Competition From Alternative Sources

Home centers and hardware stores compete with a variety of alternative sources, including building supply distributors; mass merchandisers; warehouse clubs; design centers and showrooms; and mail order and online retailers.

Complex Inventory Management

The sheer volume of individual stock keeping units (SKU) managed by home centers and hardware stores is staggering.