Ken Carscadden, owner of Barry’s Home Hardware in Russell, has purchased BMR Building Supply in Embrun and turned it into a Home Hardware outlet.
Carscadden’s father, Barry Carscadden, purchased an existing hardware store in Russell for a Home Hardware franchise over 30 years ago, which Ken Carscadden took over in 2000. Over the years, the store in Russell has moved to a new location and that store has been expanded, but this is the first expansion into a second store.
The Embrun store has more lumberyard and building materials, complementing the Russell location. “With two stores we can offer complete building materials,” Carscadden said. “Throughout the winter we’ll be remerchandising, rebranding, changing stock and signage.” The focus of the Embrun store will still be on lumber and larger building supplies though.
The change in ownership did not affect the store’s hours or staff. “We kept everyone,” said Carscadden. “The staff are very excited about the change.” The official grand opening will take place in the spring.