- For other meanings of Rona, see Rona (disambiguation)
|Traded as||TSX: RON|
|Founded||Boucherville, Quebec, Canada (1939)|
|Headquarters||Boucherville, Quebec, Canada|
Number of locations
|Robert Sawyer - Acting CEO
Robert Chevrier - Chairman
|Products||Retail (Home improvement)|
|Revenue||$332.9 million CAD (2009)|
|$43.2 million CAD (2010)|
Number of employees
|approx. 51,584 (2010)|
Rona Inc. is a Canadian distributor and retailer hardware, home improvement and gardening products. Rona was founded in 1939. Rona operates a network of over 516 stores and is the leading distributor and retailer in its market  with more than 28 000 employees. The Rona network represents annual retail sales of almost $6.0 billion. The company holds a 19% share of its nationwide market. The corporate headquarters are located in Boucherville, Quebec. Administration centres are located in Surrey, British Columbia, in Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario.
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1939 - Rona is founded in September as "Les Marchands en Quincaillerie" (The Merchants of Hardware), an alliance of independent Montreal-area hardware retailers who sought the buying power to bypass wholesalers and deal directly with manufacturers.
1960 - July 20, 1960 Ro-Na name adopted, after ROlland Dansereau and NApoleon Piotte, two of the founders of Les Marchands en Quincaillerie. Ro-Na member stores begin adding the Ro-Na logo to identify themselves as members of the buying co-operative.
1982 - Rona purchased the assets of Botanix.
1984 - Rona created a purchasing alliance with Ontario-based Home Hardware Stores Ltd. through Alliance Rona Home Inc.
1988 - Rona merged with Dismat, another building materials company, to create Rona Dismat Group Inc.
1997 - ITM Entreprises S.A., a France-based group, invests $30 million in the Rona Dismat Group Inc. ITM becomes a shareholder and forms a purchasing alliance with Rona.
1998 - Rona eliminates the Le Quincailleur and Dismat names and introduces Rona L'express, Rona L'express Matériaux and Rona Le Rénovateur Régional. It also changes its name from Rona Dismat Group Inc. to Rona Inc.
1999 - Rona opens a new warehouse adjacent to its headquarters, measuring 654,000 square feet (61,000 m²), doubling its warehousing capacity and achieving considerable cost savings.
2001 - Rona acquires 51 Revy Home and Garden, Revelstoke Home Centres (located in Western Canada) and Lansing (Ontario) stores, thus owning many more stores in the Greater Toronto Area. Revy was a BC-based company.
2002 - Rona closes a public offering consisting of a total offering of $150.1 million of Common Shares. Rona's Common Shares are then traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "RON".
2005 - Rona Dream Home 2 airs on Global.
2006 - Rona acquires Stephens Home Centre/ Castle Inc., Sydney N.S
2006 - Rona acquires a majority (51%) stake in Matériaux Coupal Inc.
2006 - Rona acquires Curtis Lumber Building Supplies
2006 - Rona acquires St. John's, NL based Chester Dawe Limited
2007 - Rona acquires Burnaby, BC based Dick's Lumber
2007 - Rona acquires Concord, ON based Noble Trade
April 2012 - Rona announces they are closing 10 box stores, and replacing them with smaller specialty stores at new locations.
September 2012 - Lowe's drops buyout plan.
Rona "big box" stores
Rona Home & Garden stores are large, ranging from 85,000 to 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2), with a warehouse-style similar to The Home Depot and Lowe's. Faced with chronic under-performance in some markets outside of Quebec, Rona closed six big boxes in 2012, five in Ontario and one in British Columbia.
While The Home Depot and Lowe's stores are all company owned, Rona Home & Garden stores are a combination of corporately owned and franchised, despite the massive investment required to build such a store. As big box home improvement stores entered the market, Rona countered by bringing together successful owners of small Rona affiliate stores in Quebec to invest in one or more big box format stores. Many Rona Home & Garden locations in that province thus have local ownership, a tradition of the family hardware store, and a great deal of flexibility to adapt to the market at store level. Most of Rona's big-box format stores in the rest of Canada are entirely corporate-owned.
- Rona Building Centre
- Rona Cash & Carry
- Rona Hardware
- Rona Home & Garden
- Rona Home Centre
- Rona L'entrepôt
- Rona L'express
- Rona matériaux
- Rona Le Quincailler
- Rona Rénovateur
- Rona Rénovateur régional
- Contractor First
- The Building Box
- Dicks Lumber
- Hard Wood
Rona also owns discount retail banner Stedmans V&S and the TRU banner for independent hardware and building supply dealers through their ownership of TruServ Canada Incorporated.
- "RONA 2009 Annual report" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-05-17.
- "A brief history of RONA". Rona.ca. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
- "Rona from 1939 to Today" ISBN 978-2-922068-17-7
- "Rona rejects bid from U.S. rival Lowe's". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
- "Lowe's withdraws buyout bid for Canada's Rona". News & Record. Associated Press. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- http://www.hardlines.ca newsletter for the retail home improvement industry ["RONA announces latest round of closures"]
- Rona Official Website
- Corporate Site
- RONA'S online annual report
- Inspiration magazine for renovation and decor
- Official site for Réno-Dépôt
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