CORNWALL, Ontario – A pair of Cornwall and area hardware stores that were once slated for closure are in the midst of expansions.
The Home Hardware stores in the Seaway City and Ingleside are now owned by the Fines family, which officially took over ownership of the locations in January.
Murray and Andrea Fines, along with their son Scott and daughter-in-law Amanda, have big plans for the future.
“Everyone we talked to about this, said this market has room to grow,” said Scott.
So, the Ingleside Home Hardware is expanding for the creation of a full-service lumber yard, as well as an accompanying building centre which will include supplies of all kinds for a myriad of construction projects.
The Cornwall store is also expanding its product line for a similar purpose.
“A lot of people don’t understand Home Hardware to be as big as they are,” said Scott. “Our service is our biggest asset.”
The Cornwall store will continue to employ about 16 people, with another seven at the Ingleside location.
The Cornwall property was a corporate store before the Fines took over, while the Ingleside location was privately owned.