By Alex Karn
Over ten months of renovation have transformed Chemong Home Hardware Building Centre into a store with an entirely new look and feel that co-owners Terry Jenkins and Randy Kingdon are confident customers will love as much as they do.
“We have really optimized the additional space to create display areas which will help people to envision their home improvement projects in ways that just weren’t possible with the limited footprint we were working with before,” says Jenkins.
Among these is a 2,500 square-foot kitchen and bath centre with more than fifteen finished kitchens to fit every budget on display, along with several model bathrooms. “It’s a really beautiful addition to the store, and I think it will be very helpful to customers in visualizing different products and finishings in their own homes.”
He adds that three certified kitchen designers and a certified interior designer have also been brought on to help shoppers make the best, informed choices for their home improvement projects. “Our experienced designers are always happy to help customers, and work hard to create a welcoming, low-pressure atmosphere in the kitchen and bath centre so that no one feels intimidated to ask for help.”
In addition to the new kitchen and bath displays, Chemong Home Hardware Building Centre’s recent renovation has enabled them to feature a lighting area showcasing the newest products from Feiss, Seagull and Monte Carlo Fans to name a few. “The lighting display is really unique and is already creating a buzz in our local decorator community,” Jenkins notes.
Another addition to the store is a brand new flooring area, featuring a full range of options from hardwood to carpeting and everything in between. “Before the renovation, we were forced to stock our flooring products wherever we could find room, but now we have a dedicated area with a flooring professional standing by to help customers with all of their flooring needs. It’s a huge improvement,” says Jenkins, noting that Chemong Home Hardware Building Centre is proud to be the area’s largest Schluter retailer.
“We’ve made so many improvements that it’s impossible to list them all, but I’d be remiss not to mention our expanded paints department, where we’ve invested in a second paint matcher and auto tuner, along with more expert staff members, to better serve our customers. Our outdoor living area has also seen some big changes so don’t forget to check that out.”
“I think the biggest difference overall is that we’re more of an ideas store now,” Jenkins says. “People can come here to get inspiration and expert advice for whatever home improvement project they’re working on. No matter the size or budget for your project, we can be your destination with the product, supplies, materials and expertise to help you get it done right.”