Home Hardware

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This article is about the Canadian chain. For the unaffiliated Australian chain, see Home Timber and Hardware.
Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
Type Private
Industry Retail (Department & Discount)
Founded St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada 1964
Founders Walter Hachborn
Headquarters St. Jacobs, Ontario
Key people [Paul Straus], President and CEO
Products Retail hardware supplies
Revenue est 4.85 billion CAD 5.0 billion FY 2010)
Employees Unknown (all stores independently owned)
Website www.homehardware.ca

Home Hardware is a privately held Canadian home improvement, construction materials, and furniture retailer. Co-founded in 1964 by Walter Hachborn and headquartered in St. Jacobs, Ontario, the chain is co-operatively owned by over 1000 independently owned member stores.[1]

Store brands[edit]

Home Hardware store brands are well known in Canada and include:

  • Beauti-Tone (paint)
  • Benchmark (tools)
  • Home Plumber
  • Home Handyman
  • Home Gardener
  • HomeWorks Home Remodeling Software
  • Home-Bond (glues)
  • Vincente (bicycles)
  • River Trail (camping supplies)
  • Natura (green products)
  • Classic (lighting and plumbing fixtures)
  • Unival (automotive)
  • Wood-Shield (stain purposes)
  • Kuraidori (kitchen accessories)

HomeWorks Home Remodeling Software[edit]

The Home Hardware Design Centre includes the HomeWorks Designer Tool, the Beauti-Tone Colour Finder, a Storage Designer, a Kitchen Designer and Your Scrapbook – all available for free use or download on homehardware.ca.

  • HomeWorks allows users to use pre-existing photos – or upload their own images – to plan and picture their renovations for both the interior and exterior of their homes. This includes everything from paint and flooring to windows, doors and thousands of brand-name products. This handy resource is ideal for everyone from everyday consumers to contractors and interior designers
  • Home’s Storage Designer helps users redesign their closets and garages to maximize space and clear their clutter with innovative storage units, shelving and more efficient layouts
  • Home’s Kitchen Designer allows users to drag and drop everything from lighting, faucets and fixtures to appliances, accessories and flooring into a layout to design the kitchen of their dreams
  • The Beauti-Tone Colour Finder helps users match the colours of their choice to Beauti-Tone paint colours for painting with a personal touch

Recent history[edit]

In 1981 the Eastern-based Home Hardware merged with Western-based Link Hardware to create a national chain.

Home Hardware has survived the expansion of The Home Depot into Canada, beginning in 1994, as well as the expansion of a domestic competitor, Rona, into the big-box arena.

In 2000, the chain expanded through the purchase of the Beaver Lumber chain from Molson.[2]

On January 11, 2003, Home Hardware received unexpected worldwide exposure, when a T-shirt worn by Avril Lavigne during a performance on Saturday Night Live featured her hometown of Napanee, Ontario and the local hardware store there. In response, the chain produced a limited-edition line of identical T-shirts for sale at locations nationwide, with proceeds going to charity.[3]

In 2004, Canada Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate the company's 40th anniversary. [4] The stamp was designed by Home Hardware's creative director, Ron Mugford. [5]


  1. ^ History of Home Hardware, Home Hardware website, accessed January 27, 2014
  2. ^ Home Hardware Acquisition, Lexpert, February 2000, accessed October 4, 2006
  3. ^ Fans go ape for Avril T's, Doug Lunney, Winnipeg Sun, March 12, 2003, accessed October 4, 2006
  4. ^ Canada Post stamp
  5. ^ Canada's Stamp Details: Home Hardware

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