FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Home and garden retailer Orchard Supply Hardware® (OSH) announced today that its first East Coast neighborhood store will officially open its doors Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The California-based lifestyle hardware and garden supply destination is bringing its unique approach to shopping for home enjoyment to the South Florida region. The nearly 30,000 square-foot Fort Lauderdale location with a 7,000 square-foot nursery will be followed by three additional openings in Broward County, including Weston, Deerfield and Coral Springs through the end of 2016.
In addition to the Broward county locations opening in 2016, the company plans to open stores throughout the state in 2017, with an average of 45 associates per store. More than 50 percent of those positions will be full-time, salaried employees eligible for benefits.
"The entire Orchard team is excited to get to know our neighbors in South Florida," said Bob Tellier, president of Orchard Supply Hardware. "At Orchard, we hire happy, talented people who love to help customers get more enjoyment out of their homes. Whether that means easily tackling little projects to express their personal style and keep things running effortlessly, or creating an outdoor oasis to enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather, we are dedicated to serving our neighbors in warm, welcoming human-sized stores and as members of the community."
Prior to even the first store opening, the local team of employees started meeting its new neighbors in each city and joining in volunteer efforts such as cleaning up a stretch of beach with the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep team.
"This is just one of the first ways we've brought our neighbors helping neighbors motto to life in South Florida," said David Rosa, district manager of South Florida, Orchard. "The event provided a preview of who we are, and as our stores open, each team will be looking for ways to help in their neighborhoods and the communities we serve."
Orchard Supply Hardware's neighborhood format stores are designed to be easy to navigate and fun to shop, and the friendly, knowledgeable store associates are true resources for customers. Instead of a big box with an overwhelming selection, Orchard merchandise is thoughtfully curated to make DIY more do-able, offering paint, repair, backyard and seasonal décor solutions that help spread happiness and maximize home enjoyment.
The community is invited to be the first to experience the Fort Lauderdale store and participate in unique and personalized activities during a housewarming event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 29. The store is located at 2871 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306.
The first 100 customers attending the Fort Lauderdale housewarming will have the chance to receive a mystery gift card at Saturday's community event and the first 1,000 customers on Saturday and Sunday will receive a tote bag, along with other giveaways.
Orchard Supply Hardware offers more than 35,000 items to help home improvement customers with painting, landscaping, electrical and plumbing repairs, and home decorating. Customers will find exclusive brands such as Craftsman and Benjamin-Moore alongside national brands such as Toro, Stanley, DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Rubbermaid and much more.
The company is continuing to fill positions at its other South Florida stores set to open later this year. Open positions include lawn and garden sales associates, cashiers, loaders and stockers. Retail or home improvement trade experience is a plus. To apply, visit http://www.osh.com/Careers.
About Orchard Supply Hardware
Orchard Supply Hardware operates neighborhood hardware and garden stores focused on paint, repair and the backyard. Based in San Jose, California, OSH was originally founded as a purchasing cooperative in 1931. Today, it operates 77 stores in California with three stores in Oregon. The stores average approximately 40,000 square feet of retail space. Find us on Twitter and Instagram at @orchardsupply and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/orchardsupplyhardware.
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