by Ruby Arsenault
A Timber Mart franchise recently opened in conjunction with J.C. HandyMan Services & Sales in Alberton PEI. West Prince residents can now shop at a new building supplies and hardware store, and more jobs have been created for the area.
There are now two businesses under one roof: a storefront and a warehouse.
“The existing business location has recently undergone a major renovation, and although not fully stocked, we can price items and order materials for customers,” says Joey Carragher, Owner/Operator.
“Shelving and products are beginning to arrive, but with COVID-19 restrictions and delays it will be a slower process. Although we are not fully stocked, we still continue to order in products to meet the needs of customers.”
Joey is excited to announce the business expansion. “This has been five years in the making. I worked in building supply sales for 20 years and previously managed a Timber Mart. It has always been a goal of mine to obtain a franchise because I love how they allow the manager to own and operate their own business and provide an excellent support system. They are the largest national member-owned buying group in Canada for the true independent entrepreneur.
“I also like the way they are committed to giving back to the community through various programs such as Air Miles and its Timber Kids Program.
“It is very important and rewarding to give back to one’s community,” says Joey, who has managed J.C. Handyman Services & Sales for about eight years in the town of Alberton. “The community of Alberton and surrounding areas have been very good to me.”
J.C. Handyman Services & Sales has six permanent staff members who are busy year-round with renovations and construction.
“We service a large number of customers who have been awarded grants through Efficiency PEI. These grants help homeowners reduce heating costs and heat loss. This has been a win/win situation because it increases sales, which allows me to employ more staff.
“In February, I hired a full-time Estimator to further assist with customer projects, renovations, and construction, and I recently hired a Project Coordinator. The store presently has two Sales staff, a Yard person, and an Office Administrator.”
The store has hired two Salespeople and just hired a Floor Supervisor for the new Timber Mart. “There is potential for more hiring once things are in place. I have been very fortunate to hire and retain loyal staff and I foresee more hiring in the future. With growth will come more jobs, and any upcoming positions will be posted on our Facebook page.”
Joey prides himself on being a good employer who thrives on mutual respect. “I encourage potential applicants to forward resumés to me to review for current openings and any possible upcoming opportunities.”
To apply, send a resumé to [email protected] or drop by 530 Main St. Alberton.