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Western Retail Lumber Association

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
What's Going On

Congratulations! You have just participated in the largest and most successful Prairie Showcase ever. We are proud to say that Prairie Showcase is the best BUYING show in Canada and many people have commented that it is one of the top five lumber and building materials shows in North America. To those exhibitors who offer great show specials and new products, to those retailers who faithfully support our exhibitors, to the companies who sponsor events, we thank you. You have made Prairie Showcase what it is today. To those retailers and exhibitors who attended for the first time, we trust it was a positive experience, and hope to see you again next year.

In total, there were 266 exhibiting companies in 630 booth spaces with approximately 40 new exhibiting companies. We had 1,654 exhibiting booth...

To read the complete Post Show Report please click here.


2012 Spring Classroom Training


February 6 – 10, 2012
Manual Estimating Training
Leduc, AB
Instructor – Stan Burkholder

March 6 – 22, 2012
Retail Business Management Studies Program
Edmonton, AB

to register today!

Due to the wide distribution of members across the prairies, the north and NW Ontario, member rebates are available to offset the cost of travel and expenses to attend these courses. Rebate information and forms are available at Please note that courses must be paid in full by course date, and rebate forms sent to the WRLA office no later than 30 days from course completion date.


Keep your employees on their toes!

Have your store shopped once in the spring and once in the fall in 2012.

You don’t pay until your receive your report!

$99 per mystery shop



Industry News

The Grand Prairie Canadian Home Builders’ Association has awarded Woodland TIM-BR MART the Outstanding Supplier Award in the Construction Materials category. Woodland was recognized at the association’s Awards of Excellence Gala held on January 21, 2012.

Woodland was determined the winner by votes cast by members of the association. Congratulations to the team at Woodland!


TruServ Canada will hold their Spring National Buying Market on April 14 - 16, 2012 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

TruServ Canada is proud to offer independent retailers the freedom to choose from products and services to help grow their business. Over 400 major manufacturers will showcase a wide selection of the seasonal products, as well as timely specials on everyday products.

The Market will kick off with the Customer & Partner Welcome Event on Saturday, April 14th; Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery will be the feature speaker. The Main show floor will open Sunday April 15th at 8:30 a.m. and will highlight the upcoming Fall and Winter Seasonal categories, i.e. Christmas Décor, Toys, and much, much more.

The dates for the Fall National Buying Market are September 29 – October 1st, 2012 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

For more information visit:


Calendar of Events

February 2, 3, & 4, 2012
Orgill 2012 Spring Market
Orlando, FL

February 6-10, 2012
Manual Estimating Program
Location to be announced

February 22-24, 2012
Moncton, NB

WRLA Retail Business Management Studies Program
March 6 - 7
March 12 - 14
March 15 - 16
March 19 - 20
March 21 - 22

March 30-31, 2012
TIM-BR MART National Buying Show
Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, ON

April 14 - 16, 2012
TruServ Canada Spring Market
Winnipeg Convention Center, Winnipeg, MB

April 22 - 24, 2012
Home Hardware Show
St. Jacobs, ON

To view the full calendar CLICK HERE

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