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Lowe’s next Canadian location is east of Toronto

TORONTO — Lowe’s Canada has received the go-ahead for a store in Belleville, Ont., a mid-sized community almost two hours east of Lowe’s Canadian head office in Toronto. A re-zoning request was approved last week, giving the world’s second-largest retailer the go-ahead to break ground on its fifth store in Canada. According to the Belleville Intelligencer, the store will be 142,000 square feet in size, slightly larger than Lowe’s standard footprint of 138,000 square feet, and have parking for 700 cars. Lowe’s has been so tight-lipped about its plans for Canada that even senior merchandising staff have been kept in the dark about when or where stores will open. Four other sites have been confirmed so far: one in Metro Toronto’s west end, the other three in Hamilton, Brampton, and Brantford, Ont. The latter stores will all be west of Toronto. Belleville, which is east of the city, already has a Home Depot. Hardlines had originally estimated that Lowe’s would begin opening stores here by August 2007. Based on the rate at which Lowe’s Canada has been obtaining approvals for its sites, those openings are now expected to occur later in the fall.

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TIM-BR MARTS rolls out energy awareness program

NORTH VANCOUVER — TIM-BR MARTS Ltd. has developed a program to promote energy awareness among its member dealers. Called EnerGrade, the program provides members with resources and training tools to help their customers make informed choices about energy efficient and ecologically friendly renovations. The EnerGrade program is also designed to help homeowners navigate various government energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs, and facilitate installation of projects by qualified contractors. One of the key programs that EnerGrade will tap into is the ecoENERGY Retrofit for Homes program, a federal program of the Office of Energy Efficiency that had been cancelled and then resuscitated under a new name early in 2007. Under the program, funds will be available to more than 140,000 homeowners contemplating an energy efficiency upgrade. ecoENERGY will be launched this Wednesday, April 11, by The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, at Standard Building Supplies, a TIM-BR MART dealer located here. "It’s really about educating our dealer-members about the importance of taking a holistic approach to energy efficiency and the sale of energy efficient products," says Steve Stremecki, vice-president, retail at Calgary based TIM-BR MARTS Ltd. "And since we have 611 locations across the country we are a really good vehicle for the government to send their message and to promote their program."  

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New RONA store emphasizes décor

SCARBOROUGH, Ont. —  More focus on décor products displayed in discrete boutiques, more private label and premium products, and enhanced signage and lighting define the new RONA Home & Garden that opened here last week. The new store is 103,892 square feet, and includes a 14,564 square-foot drive-through lumberyard, and a 4,000 square-foot greenhouse that will operate all-year round. Better lighting, revamped signage and high-gloss flooring all contribute to a prettier, more female-friendly shopping environment, reflecting the company’s bid to prepare for the arrival of Lowe’s. While store management suggested that the store design perfectly balances lumber and building materials with décor and paint assortments, the added emphasis on softlines appeared to come at the expense of the LBM department, which was missing some core products such as cedar planks. Local demographics are reflected in the stores’ bilingual signage in Chinese and English, and approximately 60% of the store staff is fluent in Chinese. The store will also include a number of floating staff, who will be available for customers who need "project assistance." Borrowing a page from the Lowe’s playbook, the move is part of a focus on providing better customer service.  

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Quebec renovation market remains strong

MONTREAL  —  Quebec’s renovation market is showing continued strength, according to Renovex, a quarterly survey by the Building Materials Retailers Association of Quebec (ADMACQ). In the fall of 2006, for the second consecutive time, four out of five Quebec households said they intended to do DIY renovations, or hire a contractor for a project. The Renovex ADMACQ index has been moving upward since it was established in March 2004, at which time 76% of households surveyed said they intended to do reno work. The proportion of people doing work themselves remained above 50% for all of 2006, indicating the need for expert advice from retailers for consumers. "The Renovex ADMACQ index is constantly moving upward, since the first measurement was established in March 2004, at which time 76% of the households surveyed said that it was their habit to renovate, engage in construction or do-it-yourself projects," says Donald O’Hara, president and general manager of ADMACQ.

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Category Manager

Work hard. Have fun. Make the Customer #1… It’s more than just a catch phrase at TSC Stores. It’s the essence of our corporate culture and the attitude we look for in the people we hire.   We believe our people are our number one asset.  It is why we invest heavily in developing their skills, empowering them to succeed and rewarding their contribution.  TSC Stores continues to grow with over 31 store locations currently located throughout Ontario. As we move forward we are looking at hiring a Category Manager – Clothing & Apparel. The Category Manager is responsible for all management initiatives of their assigned category including: category development and execution, product selection, vendor negotiations, pricing, communications and team development.  The Category Manager must ensure brand integrity and develop the framework and overall strategy to take a business to market. Successful candidates must have post secondary school education in Business, minimum 5 years experience as a Category Manger.  Detailed oriented with the ability to "think outside the box" and demonstrated strength in business development.  We are looking for and energetic, self motivated individual who is a proven leader capable of developing and fostering a team environment.

If you are looking at pursuing a career in retail please submit your resume to: TSC Stores L.P Fax: 519-451-1235 Email: humanresources@tscstores.com

Building Products Sales Representative

Looking for the opportunity to work from home covering a territory west of Toronto to Windsor, north to Georgian Bay?  In the home improvement industry for decades, our Ontario Client seeks a building materials sales professional to call on an existing distributor and contractor customer base, in addition to developing new opportunities. You provide the enthusiasm, motivation and sales expertise…the company will in turn supply a great team to work with, in addition to a stellar reputation and all of the tools to make your job efficient including company vehicle, Blackberry, laptop and a home office… Installed sales product familiarity coupled with a comfort level using technology would be advantageous. Internal career growth is also a distinct possibility. To explore this opportunity in complete confidence, please contact Wolf Gugler (888-848-3006) or Lesley Fulton (905-985-3888) or email your resume to resumes@wolfgugler.com. Wolf Gugler & Associates Limited, www.wolfgugler.com. Offices in Canada and the U.S.  

Better Living Products is a dynamic, successful organization that is growing rapidly and is looking to expand the sales & marketing team.  Located in Woodbridge, Ontario Better Living Products is an international manufacturer and distributor of bath & shower organizational products to the retail trade, and pioneers of the original award-winning shower organizer The Dispenser™.Â

Our range of new product introductions along with our aggressive plans to grow into new international markets and channels has opened up immediate positions in our sales & marketing department.  We are seeking key people to join our growing team and fill the following positions:

  • National Sales Manager – Canada
  • National Sales Manager – USA
  • Key Account Managers – Canada, USA and Export
  • Sales & Marketing Coordinator
  • Email, Marketing and Web Specialist
All positions will be based at our world-wide corporate headquarters in Woodbridge, Ontario.  Industry experience is required.  We offer competitive wages, benefits and a fun working environment.  Please submit your resume and salary expectations to Camillo Caperchione, Vice President Sales & Marketing at camillo@dispenser.com


Bon L is a leading manufacturer of aluminium and fiberglass ladders in Canada.  Our business strategy is to act like a small business with superior customer service and large capacity to deliver. We are currently seeking a sales representative who is dynamic, self driven and able to source new customers and well as maintaining existing cutomers. The Sales Representative is responsible for developing sales plans and strategies for their assigned territory, establishing sales goals, development goals and customer visit schedules; works closely with existing customers to maintain the accounts and to increase sales volume while identifying potential opportunities with new customers. This position will call on large retail stores, industrial distributors, wholesalers, companies belonging to buying groups, box stores and owners of small businesses to review product displays and explore new opportunities; completes all requested reports on sales, achievements vs objectives, customer visits, retail price surveys, customer development and expenses, as well as work assigned trade shows, and special customer functions such as sales meetings and product knowledge/training sessions. Reports directly to the Business Unit Manager - Ladders. Qualifications:
  • Four year college or University degree preferably in sales, marketing or equivalent
  • 5 to 10 years sales/marketing experience in the consumer and industrial market
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Well organized and good problem solver
  • High energy level and self motivated team player
  • Good working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the internet
  • Valid driver’s license
Working conditions:
  • Located in the Greater Toronto Area, the incumbent will be required to travel to customer and company locations by automobile or air
  • Normal work schedule is Monday – Friday with occasional need for overtime and weekend work
  • Atomobile, expense account, extensive benefits and competitive salary.
All interested, qualified applicants must submit their resumes no later than Friday, April 20, 2007, no later than 4:00 p.m. to : Manager Human Resources 1850 Clements Road, Pickering, ON  L1W 3R8

or by:

Fax: 905-427-2239 or e-mail: bdesilets@bonlalum.com


LOCATION: Montreal/Quebec City THE COMPANY: Progressive, Service Oriented Lumber/ Building Materials Distributor is expanding into the Quebec Market SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS:
  • Proven success pioneering building products/services into the Quebec Market
  • Established contacts at both head office and retail store levels
  • Self Motivated, work independently, run local branch office
  • A strategic selling approach with the ability to both plan and execute
  • A passion for the business and looking for new challenges and opportunities
  • Must be fluent in both French and English (written and verbal)
  • Co ordinate the start-up of a new lumber/building materials branch in Quebec
  • Develop a plan to attain market share within the province and then execute
  • Introduce the company to the Quebec Market
  • Work with Quebec Head Offices to establish Quebec Specific programs
  • Sell existing products to Lumber and Building Centres in Quebec.
  • Competitive salary and bonus
  • Generous benefit package
  • Final compensation will be dependent on candidate’s experience and background.

Please forward all resumes to ncfpinfo@gmail.com


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