Noland Co. and Riback Supply open Prostock stores.

FORT SMITH, Ark. - The doors opened recently on three new Prostock stores. Riback Supply Co., a Ruud wholesale HVAC distributor, opened two stores, one in Olathe, Kan., the other in Osage Beach, Mo.

Both locations held an open house and welcomed local contractors to take a look at the store and meet with vendors.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the way the new store has come together," said Glenn Pipes, branch manager for the Osage Beach, Mo., location. "Before, we had a counter, maybe five shelves, and no organization. We renovated our entire location at the same time we brought in the Prostock store, so it's been a total transformation for us."

Noland Co., also a Ruud wholesale distributor, opened a Prostock store in Birmingham, Ala. A recent open house brought out 75 area contractors.

"The response was immediate," said brand manager Troy McLean. "Before we had no product out in the warehouse where customers could see it, feel it and pick it up to make a purchase decision. It wasn't merchandised well at all. Now, with the Prostock store, a strong message is being sent that we're a complete HVAC parts distributor with everything contractors need for their business."