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Outstanding Retailer Awards

Hardlines Presents Outstanding Retailer Awards

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.

About Hardlines

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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About Kate Klein

Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

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