Walter Hachborn

Walter Hachborn, CM (July 24, 1921 – December 16, 2016) was a Canadian businessman and co-founder, with two others, of Home Hardware, a Canadian home improvement and construction retailer which supplies to contractors and individual retail consumers.

Walter Hachborn
Statue of Walter Hachborn, outside of Home Hardware's headquarters in St. Jacobs
Born(1921-07-24)July 24, 1921
DiedDecember 16, 2016(2016-12-16) (aged 95)
Known forCo-founder of Home Hardware

Early life

Born in Conestogo, Ontario, he lived in St. Jacobs, Ontario most of his life.


He started working in the hardware industry in 1938 and created Home Hardware in 1964 with two partners, Henry Sittler and Arthur Zilliax. He had been its President since the beginning seeing the company grow from 122 dealers to over 1100 stores and annual sales of over $6 billion. He retired from day-to-day operations in 1988 and retained the title of President until 2010 with more than 75 years in the hardware industry.


In 1985, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he served as a member of WLU's board of governors for 10 years. In 1988, the Retail Council of Canada recognized Hachborn's success at Home Hardware. In recognition of this accomplishment he was presented with the Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award. He was also awarded the distinction of Retailer of the Century in 1999. In 1999, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was named to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2014.


Hachborn died on December 16, 2016 at the age of 95.[1]


  • "About Walter Hachborn". Island Home Limited. Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2007-10-29.
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