Shop­ping is get­ting even eas­ier

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Shop­ping has never been eas­ier. At the Alexan­dria Home Hard­ware store, for ex­am­ple, shop­pers can drop by the store, or shop over the phone or on­line.

In re­cent years, while on­line shop­ping has be­come pop­u­lar, many con­sumers have been opt­ing for the best of both worlds. While they may use the In­ter­net to get in­for­ma­tion and com­pare prices, many still want to come in and “kick the tires.”

An­other trend is for peo­ple to or­der on­line and have their pur­chases dropped off at their lo­cal store.

Home Hard­ware con­tin­ues to demon­strate the im­por­tance of pri­vate com­pa­nies to the Cana­dian econ­omy. Since 1964, Home has grown from 122 in­de­pen­dent hard­ware deal­er­sown­ers, to a fam­ily that now in­cludes close to 1,100 stores and over $6 bil­lion in an­nual re­tail sales.

Home Hard­ware Stores Lim­ited is Canada's largest in­de­pen­dent home im­prove­ment re­tailer with close to 1,100 stores un­der the Home Hard­ware, Home Build­ing Cen­tre, Home Hard­ware Build­ing Cen­tre and Home Fur­ni­ture ban­ners with an­nual re­tail sales of over $6 bil­lion. The pri­vately owned whole­sale com­pany was founded in 1964 in ru­ral St. Ja­cobs, On­tario and re­mains 100 per cent Cana­dian owned and op­er­ated. Through the Home Hard­ware net­work, deal­ers-own­ers have ac­cess to 100,000 qual­ity, brand name and pri­vate la­bel prod­ucts, a state-of-the-art dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem and ex­ten­sive mar­ket­ing and train­ing pro­grams.

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