ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware Stores Ltd., together with the Laflamme family and Groupe Brochu, have entered into an agreement for the acquisition of two stores from George Laflamme inc. The locations are in Sainte-Claire and Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse. Groupe Brochu currently operates JNB L’Outilleur agricole and hardware stores L’Outilleur SEC de Saint-Henri and Saint-Lambert. “We want to strengthen our presence in rural areas serving agricultural producers, like my grandfather Joseph Napoleon did when he opened his first general store,” said Patrice Brochu, president of Groupe Brochu. The Laflamme family is similarly venerable, having started in 1908. The transaction remains subject to usual closing conditions and will be completed in the coming weeks, with the Sainte-Claire and Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse stores remaining under the Home Hardware banner with new ownership.