Fort St. John Home Hardware awarded for community leadership

Awards are piling up for Douglas and Shelley Gallinger of the Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre.

The two received the Marc Robichaud Community Leader award at the 2018 Outstanding Retailer Awards this week.  

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“We are extremely excited to win this award and are proud to support our community,” the Gallingers said in a statement.

“Thank you to our staff and customers for your continued support. Together we make a difference.”

The Outstanding Retailer Awards were handed out during the 23rd Annual Hardlines Conference and Gala November 12 to 14 in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario. The awards have recognized and honoured Canada’s best Home Improvement Retailing stores across Canada for more than two decades. 

Award recipients were chosen by a panel of industry experts who analyzed nominations from retailers across Canada in seven categories: Best Hardware Store; Best Building Supply/Home Centre (under 15,000 sq. ft.); Best Building Supply/Home Centre (over 15,000 sq. ft.); Best Contractor-Specialist Dealer; Young Retailer of the Year; Best Large Surface Retailer; and the Marc Robichaud Community Leader award.

Each nomination was judged on a range of criteria, including sales performance, retailing innovation and community involvement.

“Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre is a retailer that really goes the extra mile for people,” said Michael McLarney, President, Hardlines Inc.

“Dealer-Owners, Douglas and Shelley Gallinger are always ready to help out causes and individuals in their community. It's like second nature for them.”

Earlier this year, the store received the 2018 Paul Straus Public Relations Award at Home Hardware’s annual Spring Market for its its leadership and dedication in providing strong community support.

In 2017, the store was awarded the Proud of My Home Award for excellence in customer service, staff performance, and training.

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