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  • Hardware store

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    A hardware store in China. The style and products offered in this Haikou City store are typical of hundreds of thousands of hardware stores throughout the country. A hardware store in Telluride, Colorado around 1903.Hardware stores (in a number of countries, "shops"), sometimes known as DIY stores, sell household hardware for home improvement including: fasteners, building materials, hand tools, power tools, keys, locks, hinges, chains, plumbing supplies, electrical supplies, cleaning products, housewares, tools, utensils, paint, and lawn and garden products directly to consumers for use at home or for business. Many hardware stores have specialty departments unique to its region or its owner's interests. These departments include hunting and fishing supplies, plants and nursery products, marine and boating supplies, pet food and supplies, farm and ranch supplies including animal feed, swimming pool chemicals, homebrewing supplies and canning supplies. The five largest hardware retailers in the world are The Home Depot, Lowe's (both of the United States), Kingfisher of the United Kingdom, Obi of Germany, and Leroy Merlin of France.

  • Obi (store)

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    OBI GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG is a German multinational home improvement supplies retailing company. Founded in 1970, Obi is the largest DIY retailer in Europe, and the third largest in the world, behind The Home Depot and Lowe's. It is headquartered in Wermelskirchen, Germany, and belongs to the Tengelmann Group.

  • Lowe's

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    Lowe's Companies, Inc. (), doing business as Lowe's, is an American retail company specializing in home improvement. Headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina the company operates a chain of retail stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. , Lowe's and its related businesses operate more than 2,390 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 310,000 people in North America. Lowe's is the second-largest hardware chain in the United States behind The Home Depot and ahead of Menards. Globally, Lowe's is also the second-largest hardware chain, behind The Home Depot but ahead of European retailers Leroy Merlin, B&Q and OBI.

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