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.
Industry Retail (Department & Discount)
Founded St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada 1964
Founder 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)
Number of employees
Unknown (all stores independently owned)
Slogan Home Owners Helping Homeowners
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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