Home Hardware proposes new, larger store
By Angelica Ingram
July 25, 2016
The owner of Haliburton's Home Hardware, Jerry Walker, has his sights set on a new store for his business.
Walker gave councillors a look at his plans for a 20,000 square foot location on County Road 21, east of Industrial Park Road.
“We've purchased an option on a property down by the Country Rose,” he said.
The initial proposal for a new Home Hardware in Haliburton includes constructing a building that has a “cottage country” feel to it, modelled after a similar store in Fernie B.C., said Walker.
“The idea is to have a building that doesn't look like a box store,” he said.
The store will include a garden centre and be approximately 50 to 60 per cent larger than the current Home Hardware, located on Highland Street.
The new store will not have a building centre component, said Walker.
According to municipal director of planning and development Patricia Martin's report to council, Walker is consolidating four separate parcels of land, with plans to construct the Home Hardware on the merged parcel.
He is looking at possible future commercial development at this parcel of land as well, according to Martin's report.
Walker's business partner Jamie Chisholm, who is president of New Urban Retail, said the idea is to think long-term with future development.
In addition to building a new store, Walker would like to build a dock across the road on County Road 21, accessing Grass Lake.
The dock would provide boat access for stores at the south end of town.
“It's not only for the hardware store but for that end of town,” said Walker.
Walker said he has also be in talks with Dysart fire chief Mike Iles and former fire chief Miles Maughan about an opportunity to put a dry hydrant by the proposed dock, for fire protection.
“That would be good,” said Reeve Murray Fearrey.
Walker said what he would like to happen is he would like to build the dock at his own cost, and then turn ownership of it over to the municipality.
Walker said one of the main objectives of the meeting with council was to see if they were on board with the dock and dry hydrant.
The proposed dock would need to meet various approvals, including from the MNRF.
Walker said the dock was not going to hold up the plans for the Home Hardware and if it didn't work he would drop it.
Councillors agreed further discussion on this item was needed.
Councillor Susan Norcross said she had concerns about liability issues, with people crossing the street from the dock, which councillor Derek Knowles echoed.
Deputy-reeve Andrea Roberts said she appreciated the care taken into the look of the building and asked if they would be considerate of lighting.
Chisholm said the building would be dark sky compliant.
Fearrey asked what the proposed timeline for the completion of the store would be, to which Walker said likely spring of 2018.
Next steps include moving forward with the site plan application and doing the required planning studies.
*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the size of the proposed store as being 40,000 square feet.