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NARDA Partners With Hometown Buying Group

1/24/2006 02:05:00 PM Eastern

Lombard, Ill. --The North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA), here, has developed a strategic partnership with the Hometown Brand Center National Buying Group which will bring NARDA’s education, information and business services to Hometown’s 500 plus member dealers.

Hometown, formed in 1993 and based in Stillwater, Okla., represents independent retailers in 47 states that sell and service appliances, electronics, home furnishings and lawn and garden products.

“By combining our efforts and pooling our resources, we can offer a wide variety of quality educational offerings and services to Hometown members,” said Tom Drake, NARDA president and CEO. “Programs ranging from Vision [business planning] to in-market seminars at their National Dealer Show will allow Hometown members to improve their skills and have more business tools at their disposal.”

“Partnering with NARDA will not only bring over two dozen new, valued-added programs and services to our members, but it will also help raise the profile of the Hometown Brand Center Buying Group and its members,” said Wayne Neelley, Hometown Brand Center president.

Hometown Brand Center will hold its next National Dealer Show April 22-23, 2006 in Branson, Mo. For more information call (405) 624-2828.

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