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Founder of Yardbirds home improvement chain dies at 77


Founder of Yardbirds home improvement chain dies at 77

Founder of Yardbirds home improvement chain dies at 77
News from Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.

John Morrison Headley, who for three decades owned the Santa Rosa-based Yardbirds home improvement chain, has died at his Santa Rosa home at the age of 77.

Headley once ran a 67-store chain based near Seattle but gave it up because “it was too big.” He was remembered as a man who knew and cared about his company’s stores, workers and products.

He fought a series of decade-long battles against national home improvement stores expanding into Sonoma County. Those efforts ended in 2005 when Headley sold Yardbirds to Home Depot, the world’s biggest home improvement chain.

“He was a fierce and good competitor,” said Bill Friedman, president/CEO of Friedman’s Home Improvement. “We had a lot of respect for each other. He was an innovator, and he was a good steward of the community.”

Headley and his wife Delores were part of a dozen prominent couples who in 1981 provided the funds needed to purchase a former church complex in Santa Rosa that is now the Wells Fargo Center. The couples — including Henry and Madelyne Trione, Hugh and Nell Codding, Evert and Ruth Person, and Benny and Rosemary Friedman — purchased the Christian Life Center property at a bankruptcy sale for $ 4.5 million and turned it over to a…………… continues on Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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