Ontario Home Hardware dealer-owners buy neighbouring store

The owners of Midland Home Hardware Building Centre and Design Centre in Midland, Ont., have sold their business to another dealer-owner in the region. Brothers Kevin and Keith Mateff and their wives Wendy and Elizabeth are retiring. Chris Locke, Bill Ecklund, and Kirk McLean, dealer-owners at Orillia Home Hardware Building Centre, have acquired the business.

The store was a Beaver Lumber location from 1945 until 2000, when Home Hardware Stores Ltd. acquired the chain. Kevin began working there in 1987. He told Midland Today that customers can expect continuity under the new ownership. “They’re going to keep all the staff. It’s really quite a positive change.”