Fort Kent man one of eight selected for hardware retailer of year honor

Posted June 10, 2010, at 12:34 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Justin Dubois, general manager of Quigley’s Building Supply, was recently named one of eight Young Retailers of the Year by the North American Retail Hardware Association.

He was selected as one of the industry’s brightest young prospects in the national recognition program that honors outstanding achievement by home improvement retailers age 35 and younger throughout the United States and Canada.

Dubois started working 40 hours a week at Quigley’s Building Supply when he was 19 and also a full-time college student, according to a press release from the hardware association. In 2003, he became IT manager and led the initiative to install the store’s first computer system.

In 2007 Dubois took over as general manager of the business after the death of his father-in-law.

Through his leadership, the overall inventory has increased dramatically over the last few years, especially in key categories such as power tools, according to the association. In 2009, Quigley’s also was among the top 12 stores for paint purchases out of more than 4,000 stores served by Do It Best Corp., which is the store’s supplier of products.

In 2008, the store increased revenue 21 percent over the previous year, and in 2009, sales increased by an additional 21.5 percent.

Dubois also serves on the advisory board for the St. John Valley Technical Center, a technical school for area high school students. He gives presentation and explains all the different opportunities that students have in the building materials industry. The store also recently donated about $1,500 worth of tools to the school.

Nominees for the Young Retailer of the Year award must be 35 years of age or younger and are judged for their career advancement, professional accomplishments, goals for the future, education and community involvement. Honorees will be special guests at NRHA’s 2010 National Convention July 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Ga., where they will be recognized at a banquet in their honor.

Sponsors of the program include 3M, The Scotts Co., Cooper Tools, Fluidmaster and the American Hardware Manufacturers Association.

The North American Retail Hardware Association is a 109-year-old nonprofit trade association whose mission is to help hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards in the U.S. and Canada become better and more profitable retailers.

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