Home Hardware

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Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
TypePrivate (retailers' cooperative)
IndustryRetail (Department & Discount)
FoundedSt. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada 1964; 59 years ago (1964)
FounderWalter Hachborn
HeadquartersSt. Jacobs, Ontario
Key people
Kevin Macnab, CEO
ProductsRetail hardware supplies; Lumber and building materials
Revenueest 4.85 billion CAD 5.0 billion FY 2010)
A former Home Hardware store in Markham, Ontario

Home Hardware Stores Ltd. 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 1,100 independently owned member stores, including one of them located in the French territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.[1][2]

Store brands[edit]

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

  • Beauti-Tone (paint)
  • Benchmark (tools)
  • Builders Hardware (hinges, latches, etc.)
  • HomePack (screws, nails etc.)
  • Home Plumber
  • Home Essentials
  • Home Handyman
  • Home Gardener
  • HomeWorks Home Remodeling Software
  • Home-Bond (glues)
  • HomeWares (kitchenwares)
  • Kuraidori (kitchen accessories)
  • Natura (green products)
  • Classic (lighting fixtures)
  • Radley (power tools)
  • OmniMax (electrical devices)
  • River Trail (camping supplies)
  • Screeneze (screened porch solution with no splines)
  • Unival (automotive)
  • Weathershield (caulking, weatherstripping and expanding foam)
  • Wood-Shield (stain purposes)

Recent history[edit]

In 1981 the eastern-Canada-based Home Hardware merged with western-Canada-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, Inc., into the big-box arena.

In 2000, the chain expanded through the purchase of the Beaver Lumber chain from Molson Brewery.[3]

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 Greater 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.[4]

In 2004, Canada Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate the company's 40th anniversary. [5] The stamp was designed by Home Hardware's creative director, Ron Mugford.[6]


  1. ^ History of Home Hardware, Home Hardware website, accessed January 27, 2014
  2. ^ "Marcel Dagort S.A. - Contact Information". www.homehardware.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  3. ^ Home Hardware Acquisition Archived 2005-12-15 at the Wayback Machine, Lexpert, February 2000, accessed October 4, 2006
  4. ^ Fans go ape for Avril T's, Doug Lunney, Winnipeg Sun, March 12, 2003, accessed October 4, 2006
  5. ^ Canada Post stamp
  6. ^ Canada's Stamp Details: Home Hardware Archived 2014-03-07 at the Wayback Machine

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