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Distributor-owned and -operated KOHLER Signature Store by Supply New England, a one-stop kitchen and bath shop, celebrates its grand opening with celebrity interior designer Thom Filicia and America's Test Kitchen as guests of honor

KOHLER, Wis. – May 14, 2013 – With a strong, long-lasting history of bringing products to homeowners and the trade through trusted distributors, Kohler heightens its accessibility with the opening of the first KOHLER Signature Store in the Boston-area. Solely owned and operated by distributor Supply New England, this one-stop kitchen and bath experience offers members of the trade and homeowners, a shopping experience unlike any other in the region—the chance to get hands on with more than 900 products exclusively from the Kohler brands (KOHLER, KALLISTA, ROBERN, KOHLER Surfaces tile and stone and KOHLER vanities) as well as custom cabinetry selections showcased in fully-designed suites and vignettes.

"This KOHLER Signature Store surrounds customers with 5,800 square feet of inspiration," says Michelle Kilmer, Kohler director of showroom marketing. "This place ignites that spark of creativity; members of the trade and their clients can immerse themselves in Kohler products and envision what can be created in their own homes."

With industry expert design consultants on staff, The KOHLER Signature Store by Supply New England serves as a fantastic resource to homeowners, as well. "Our consultants provide a sterling level of expertise and customer service," Kilmer says. "Whether they're simply swapping out a kitchen faucet or embarking on a complete bathroom renovation, the consultants can work with a customer on every step of the home improvement process—conceptualization, design, product specification and build-out."

An invitation-only grand opening event for the New England trade audience on May 14 kicks off the festivities with celebrity designer Thom Filicia as the guest of honor. The store will open to the general public on May 18 with festivities featuring:
• Cooking demonstrations from Julia Collin Davison and Dan Souza from PBS' hit cooking show America's Test Kitchen
• Complimentary 15-minute design consultations with one of the staff's expert design consultants
• Giveaways of the latest Kohler products, including the KOHLER Moxie showerhead + wireless speaker, Sensate touchless kitchen faucet, and HydroRail shower column

"We are excited to expand the kitchen and bath showroom experience for homeowners, designers and architects with a great brand like Kohler," said James Reardon, owner of Supply New England. "Sixty-five years ago, Kohler was the first company who agreed to supply my grandfather. Without that commitment, our company may never have gotten off the ground. After all that time, it's rewarding to continue to grow our business with Kohler in new, innovative ways."

Supply New England is the second distributor in the nation to open a KOHLER Signature Store; First Supply, a Wisconsin-based distributor serving the Midwest, opened the first KOHLER Signature Store last May in Edina, Minn. More are slated to open later this year in Los Angeles and Seattle.

The 5,800 square-foot KOHLER Signature Store by Supply New England is located at 323 Speen Street in Natick, Mass., and features over 900 products from the Kohler brands displayed in four kitchen vignettes, eight full bath suites, and 16 bath ensembles. An area heavily populated with both fashion and furniture retail, Speen Street serves as a convenient destination for homeowners and members of the trade researching and purchasing home improvement products and services. As the suburban regions of Boston continue to experience a competitive and active real estate market constituting a strong audience for home improvement, this location offers much promise and growth as Supply New England expands its presence with the opening of its KOHLER Signature Store.

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations. To learn more, please visit www.kohler.com

About Supply New England
Supply New England is the largest heating and plumbing supply company in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and one of the five largest in New England. The company operates 18 locations, seven of which are full-service retail showrooms. A third-generation family business with more than fifty years of experience, Supply New England is known throughout the region for its customer service and expansive inventory. For more information, please visit www.kitchenbathgallery.com