ABOUT GEERLINKS HOME HARDWARE BUILDING CENTER & FURNITURE
Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre and Furniture store is owned and operated by Craig Geerlinks, Adam MacLeod and Deb Geerlinks of St. Thomas.
Harry started his career with Saveway Lumber (part of Beaver Lumber and Molsons Group) forty some years ago in Stratford Ont. This was also the former Beaver Lumber location on Forest Road in Stratford. Harry met his wife Deb in Stratford who was attending nursing school.
From there they moved to Tecumseh Ont. (near Windsor) to an asst. manager’s position with Beaver Lumber. The next move was to Exeter Ont. as manager of the Beaver Lumber location on the main street and then back to Tecumseh as Beaver Lumber store manager.
With a proven management ability they were offered the Beaver Lumber Franchise location in Tilbury Ont. in the mid 1980’s.
In 1993 they sold the Tilbury location and moved to Deb’s home town of St Thomas and purchased the Beaver Lumber Franchise there. They successfully operated the Beaver franchise on First St. serving contractors, builders and homeowners. In 1999 Home Hardware Stores Limited, St. Jacobs bought the Beaver Lumber Franchise from Molsons. Harry and Deb then became Dealer Owners as part of the Home family of stores.
With their leadership and knowledge in the business community and the willingness of family and staff to go that extra mile for the customer, Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre expanded from a 21,000 sq ft showroom at 7 First Ave to a 48,000 sq ft store at 295 Wellington St.
Likewise, in Aug of 2004, Geerlinks expanded their business by adding the Home Furniture banner and a full assortment of home furnishings.
Their continued community support has enabled them to be the most recognized retailers not only in the community but also within the Home Hardware Stores family.
Home Hardware Announces Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre as Store of the Year
St. Jacobs, ON, May 2, 2016 – Home Hardware Stores Limited is pleased to announce the recipient of the annual Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award. Now in its 19th year, the award pays tribute to the top store selected from close to 1,100 stores across Canada for achieving the highest standards in retailing, merchandising, Staff performance and overall quality and service.
The 2015 Store of the Year Award was presented to Deborah Geerlinks, Craig Geerlinks and Adam MacLeod of Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre for epitomizing the values on which Home Hardware was co-founded by Walter J. Hachborn over 50 years ago – value, service and dependability.
Harry and Deborah Geerlinks, Craig Geerlinks, Adam MacLeod and their Staff in the St. Thomas region are considered leaders within Home’s Dealer-Owner network as well as within their community. In addition to providing superior customer service and expert advice, Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre demonstrates a strong social conscience through the support of many organizations including the Alzheimer’s Society and the Caring Cupboard.
We are truly honoured and humbled to be selected as Home Hardware’s Store of the Year. We take great of pride in representing the people of St. Thomas and its surrounding communities. Striving to provide our customers with the top-notch service they deserve continues to be an integral part of our business. Our level of expectation continues to grow as we support the city and those who have supported us. This award would not be possible without our loyal customer base and the hard work and dedication of our Staff. We serve everyone from the everyday do-it-yourself renovator to contractors to builders to residents in the region. We want to thank our customers for their continued support and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Geerlinks.
Craig Geerlinks and Adam MacLeod, Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre & Furniture
Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre & Furniture embodies everything the Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award stands for and is a great champion of the Home brand. Harry, Deborah, Craig and Adam truly exemplify our slogan of ‘Home Owners helping homeowners with Expert Advice.’
Terry Davis,CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited
PROUD OF MY HOME AWARD
The Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award is presented to the top gold store from 23 Proud of My Home Award recipients. All Proud of My Home Award recipients demonstrate strong Staff performance, superior customer service, excellence in interior and exterior store presentation and active participation in Dealer network initiatives.
St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders Association 2014 “Golden Hammer Awards”
Maurice Dillon Award Winner: Harry Geerlinks
Presidential Award of Merit: Geerlinks Home Hardware
Proud of My Home award recognizes “the highest standards in retailing, merchandise presentation, staff performance and overall quality of the store,” as well as staff excellence, customer service and interior presentation.
It is the fourth time Geerlinks has received the award.
Geerlinks has also won the Home Furniture Award for Ontario, selected from among all Home Hardware stores in the province that sell furniture products.
In 2015 Geerlinks won the coveted Walter Hachborn Store of the Year award for the Best Home Hardware Store in Canada.
About Home Hardware Stores Limited
100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country’s largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes close to 1,100 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware’s independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada’s best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware’s network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices.