Hardlines, an information service for the retail home improvement industry, this week honored the industry’s top retailers from across Canada with the annual Outstanding Retailer Awards.
Hardlines presented the awards at a gala dinner Oct. 18, which was the first day of the Hardlines Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The awards honored retailers in seven categories, covering a range of hardware and home improvement retailing formats.
The Outstanding Retailer Awards winners:
- Best Hardware Store: Brantford Home Hardware in Brantford, Ontario.
- Best Building Supply/Home Centre Under 15,000 Square Feet: Home Building Centre-Salmon Arm in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
- Best Building Supply/Home Centre Over 15,000 Square Feet: Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op Home Centre in Vanderhoof, British Columbia.
- Best Contractor Specialist Store: Sen Western Wholesale Lumber Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Best Large Surface Retailer: RONA Home & Garden, Kelowna, British Columbia.
- Young Retailer of the Year: Cindy Caron and Raphaël D’Amours of Quincaillerie Palmarolle in Palmarolle, Quebec.
- Marc Robichaud Memorial Community Leader Award: Orillia Home Hardware Building Centre in Orillia, Ontario.
The awards were created more than 20 years ago to recognize the finest retailers in the Canadian hardware and home improvement industry.
The 2016 winners operate their stores, motivate their employees, connect with their customers and contribute to their local communities in ways that put them ahead of their peers and identified them as truly outstanding to a panel of judges, according to Hardlines.
“There is something about each of this year’s winners that impressed the judges, not only for their business acumen and leadership skills, but for their ability to connect with their customers and their communities in a profound way,” says Michael McLarney, editor and president of Hardlines Inc.
Hardlines is a leading authority on the retail home improvement industry. Hardlines’ products and services include a weekly electronic newsletter, quarterly magazine, informative website, daily news service and the annual Hardlines Conference.
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Home Building Centre-Salmon Arm won in the Under 15,000 Square Feet category. Pictured, from left: John Kehler, owner, and David Kroeker, store manager, of Home Building Centre-Salmon Arm; and Jonathan Lapidus of Mibro, the award sponsor.
RONA Home & Garden-Kelowna won the award in the Large Surface Store category. Pictured, from left: Sara Clarkson of Storesupport, sponsor of the award; Ryan Grassmick, assistant manager, and Matt Wachter, general manager, of RONA Home & Garden - Kelowna; and Beverly Allen, publisher of Hardlines.
Brantford Home Hardware won the award in the Hardware Store category. Pictured, from left: Michael McLarney, editor of Hardlines; Dave Leisemer, co-owner, Brantford Home Hardware; and Dirk Drieberg of Schlage, the award sponsor.
Sen Western Wholesale Lumber received the award in the Contractor Specialist category. Pictured, from left: Beverly Allen, publisher of Hardlines; Ron Sengara, co-owner of Sen Western Wholesale Lumber; Stephanie Sengara, brand and communications advisor at Sen Western; and Rich Russo of the National Hardware Show, award sponsor.
Orillia Home Hardware Building Centre received the award in the Community Leader category. Pictured, from left: Beverly Allen, publisher of Hardlines; Bill Ecklund and John Locke, co-owners of Orillia Home Hardware Building Centre; and Sebastien Plourde of Super Remover, the award sponsor.
The owners of Quincaillerie Palmarolle won the Young Retailer of the Year award. Pictured, from left: Michael McLarney, editor of Hardlines; Catharine Leko of Techniseal, sponsor of the award; Cindy Caron and Raphaël D’Amours, co-owners of Quincaillerie Palmarolle; and Patrick Beloin of Techniseal.
Vanderhoof and Districts Co-Op won the award in the Over 15,000 category. Pictured, from left: David Chestnut, representing Auto-Stak, the award sponsor; Bud Pye, president of the co-op's board of directors; Bernadette Ukrientz, Allen Bieganski and Trevor Erhardt with Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op; and Beverly Allen, publisher of Hardlines.