Jim Clark, General Manager of North Rustico Home Hardware Building Centre, says that 2017 was their best year ever. “It was crazy busy, and we are expecting this year to be even better,” says Jim. “The building industry is booming, and we hope to hire four or five more yard and sales staff.”
Last year, five new delivery trucks were purchased.
Also, they are presently constructing a large three-story
40 ft x 80 ft addition to the store, which will expand the retail space and include more display areas.
The company, owned and operated by Lise, Chris, and Patrick Buote, has been Island owned for around 28 years. Store departments include building supplies, hardware, heating, ventilation, cooling, home comfort, indoor living, outdoor living, paint, decor, plumbing, electrical, and tools.
“We try to service our customers as we would like to be treated ourselves,” says Chris Buote. “Our friendly staff is here to help you with your projects, whether it’s building a new home or cottage or renovating a current one.”
“We have a large, diverse inventory of building supplies and lumber on hand at competitive prices. We also have supplies for gardens and outdoor living.”
About the staff
There are about 35 staff, and the number is growing. “We are hiring more people as our growth permits,” says Jim.
There is a good mix of males and females on staff. Many have been with the company for the long-term, 25 years or more, and they reside in the local and surrounding areas.
- General Manager
- Floor Manager
- Yard Manager
- Yard staff
- Floor Staff
- House Designer
- Drivers for boom and flatbed trucks
Hiring needs and process
They look for people who have knowledge of the products they sell and they are willing to train new staff on the job.
“It is difficult to find people with product knowledge, so that background would really stand out on a potential candidate’s resumè,” says Jim.
Open positions are advertised through the Job Bank and WorkPEI and through word of mouth. Resumès may be sent to Jim and/or Chris. “When hiring, we go through the resumès and we meet with applicants to see how they might work out. We also encourage those interested in applying to come into the store with a resumè and be ready to talk with us.
“If we are interested in trying out the candidate, we usually tell people we will see how things go for the first few months and then make a decision on their future with the company,” says Jim. “Since I have been here, there has not been a new person who did not work out.”
Positions are mainly full-time and year-round. “Chris likes to hire local, so we will consider students who are interested in working for the summer. We could be hiring a couple of students for the summer months, and it would be mostly yard work.”
“Depending on what experience the potential candidate has, the pay ranges from a little higher then minimum wage and goes up from there,” says Chris. “Benefits are available for long-term employers.”
For more information, drop into the centre, call 902-963-2040 or visit www.homehardware.ca/en/dealer-microsites/3119-0/contact-information.htm