Outstanding retailers awarded at Gala

TORONTO — Canada’s finest hardware and home improvement retailers were honoured last week at Hardlines’ 2014 Outstanding Retailer Awards. The awards were part of a gala dinner that concluded day one of the 19th Annual Hardlines Conference.

HARDLINES celebrates the industry’s finest once a year at the esteemed ORA Gala Dinner. Dealers from across the country were awarded, in a range of categories covering the gamut of home improvement retailing formats.

“The winners of this year’s ORAs consistently displayed strong business savvy combined with passionate involvement in their local communities,” said Michael McLarney, Editor and President of Hardlines Inc. “That was true whether they were small independents or managers of big box stores.”

The winners of the Hardlines 2014 Outstanding Retailer Awards are:

  • Best Hardware Store – Sutton Home Hardware, Sutton, Ont.;
  • Best Building Centre under 25,000 sq.ft. – Rocky Mountain House Co-op, Rocky Mountain House, Alta.;
  • Best Building Centre over 25,000 sq.ft. – Gananoque Home Hardware Building Centre, Gananoque, Ont.;
  • Best Contractor Specialist Retailer – Alf Curtis Lumber, Peterborough, Ont.;
  • Best Large Surface Retailer – RONA Erin Mills, Erin Mills, Ont.;
  • Young Retailer of the Year – Nancy Powell Quinn, Co-owner, Moffatt & Powell RONA, London, Ont.;
  • Marc Robichaud Memorial Community Leader Award – Hickey’s TIMBER MART, St. John’s, Nfld.

This year’s Outstanding Retailer Awards were selected from among a range of exemplary dealers who entered from every corner of Canada. The judging was done by a panel of industry experts, representing all facets of the industry: retail, manufacturing, wholesale and store design. The ORAs, which began in 1992 as a way to honour and recognize the finest retailers in the hardware/home improvement industry, are one of the many programs offered by Hardlines to serve Canada’s retail home improvement industry.