Home Hardware

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 1100 independently owned member stores, including one of them located in the French territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.[1][2]

Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
Private (retailers' cooperative)
IndustryRetail (Department & Discount)
FoundedSt. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada 1964 (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)

Store brands

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

  • Beauti-Tone (paint)
  • Benchmark (tools)
  • Builders Hardware (hinges, latches, etc.)
  • Country Hardware (chain links, clips, etc.)
  • HomePack (screws, nails etc.)
  • Home Plumber
  • Home Handyman
  • Home Gardener
  • HomeWorks Home Remodeling Software
  • Home-Bond (glues)
  • Kuraidori (kitchen accessories)
  • Marks Choice (Assorted Outdoor Gardening Supplies)
  • Natura (green products)
  • Classic (lighting fixtures)
  • Reactor (electrical devices)
  • River Trail (camping supplies)
  • Screeneze (screened porch solution with no splines)
  • Unival (automotive)
  • Vincente (bicycles)
  • Weathershield (caulking, weatherstripping and expanding foam)
  • Wood-Shield (stain purposes)

Recent history

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, 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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