The Home Hardware name and logo - recognized by four of five Canadians - became official on November 9, 1967, during Canada's internationally defining centennial year. Three years earlier, in 1964, 122 independent Ontario hardware retailers purchased Hollinger Hardware Limited of St. Jacobs, Ontario. This resulted in the formation of a Dealer-owned hardware cooperative - an answer to the challenge posed by "big box" retailers who enjoyed the advantage of direct-from-manufacturer buying power.
Home Hardware's owner-operators could now be confident and secure in the future of their business - with shared buying power, expanded advertising, comprehensive inventory and delivery and other resources. They haven't stopped building their businesses and serving their communities since. Home Hardware's cooperative business model is reflected in every facet of company culture. It is indeed a very large organization of independent businesses, defined by individual relationships that its network of Dealers work tirelessly to nurture - with customers, community, and each other.
Suppliers of the thousands of quality products offered by the company are also vital to the success of this nationwide business community. In summary, they are the best in their class.
The Home Hardware is locally owned and operated. Kate has almost twenty eight years experience with Home, working in the family business for ten years while attending High School and University and for the past eighteen years with United Home Hardware and Building Centres; head office in Barrie, ON. Kate lives with husband Joe and daughters Meghan & McKenna in Penetanguishene