Nation’s Best, one of the country’s fastest-growing independent home improvement companies, announced the addition of East Texas Hardware to its expanding family of businesses.
“This represents our second location in Kilgore, Texas, and with a number of Nation’s Best-owned stores already in Texas, the addition of East Texas Hardware strengthens our strategic foothold in the Kilgore area and the state,” said Matt Lambert, regional vice president of Nation’s Best’s South-Central Region. “Owners Jimi and Tamara Mankins have built a formidable business, with nearly two decades of experience serving the Kilgore community. We are excited by the opportunities to leverage their know-how and grow the business even more.”
When the Mankins were looking to transition their business, they found Nation’s Best was well-aligned to not only honor their legacy but equally well-positioned to invest in the store for continued growth. “We’ve put our heart and soul into serving our friends and neighbors since 2005. Knowing that Nation’s Best would secure the future of East Texas Hardware and its staff was very important to us,” the Mankins shared. “Years ago, Jimi used to work at nearby East Texas Lumber, another Nation’s Best-owned business, so we feel things are coming full circle.”
“We’re honored that the Mankins have put their faith in us to lead East Texas Hardware forward. We’re also looking forward to building on Jimi’s extensive experience and community relationships to solidify the store’s future for its many loyal customers and associates,” added Lambert.
East Texas Hardware joins Advanced Windows Systems, East Texas Lumber, Gilmer Lumber, Groom & Sons’, Hometown Building Centers and Simms Lumber, as Nation’s Best extends its presence in the state.
As part of Nation’s Best’s strategy, East Texas Hardware will maintain operations under its existing name with its key leadership team overseeing company operations alongside Nation’s Best, which will provide the strategic and financial support necessary to drive optimal growth and profitability.