The owners of Strathmore Home Hardware, Perry and Cindy Banadyga have decided to retire from the store that they have called home for the past 22 years.
In 2001, Perry and Cindy took a leap of faith and moved their family from Saskatchewan to Strathmore. Perry initially bought a Home Hardware store back in Saskatchewan before moving to Strathmore and buying the store here.
They started downtown and about ten years ago they moved into the new building that they are in now.
Looking back over the years, Perry says they have met the goals they made back then but always had his eye on how to improve.
“We always want to be better; you always want more sales, but it has turned out very well and Strathmore and area has been extremely good to us and extremely kind to us.”
Among helping with other things, the Banadyga's have helped with a community organization called Communities in Bloom. "Communities in Bloom and Home Hardware have had a long-standing relationship, we have been always trying to help them out every year in any way that we can. They have also been good to us; they are a good organization and its nice to see the work that they are doing."
As for their retirement and future plans, Perry says that it will be nice for them to do what they want. “I think we'll have some traveling in our future and long as we stay healthy, we'll keep going, but we will see what winter will bring.”
The Banadyga’s expressed that with this old chapter ending and this new chapter just beginning, they want to let their employees’ past, and present know that they have motivated them every day and have made them really successful. “It hasn’t been entirely us; they are a good group. The best group actually.”
To celebrate Perry and Cindy’s last day they will be having a Customer Appreciation and Farwell on April 28 and 29, where they will be in the store all day and they encourage everyone to come down and say hi before they hand over the keys to the new owner, Kurtis Laurion.
“He has got a lot of new ideas coming up, but he has been working with us for the last four months. He is excited to be a part of the community and has really exciting and interesting stuff coming up.”
Perry and Cindy know that the store is in good hands and appreciates all the years of support, friendship and community spirit that was brought into the store each and every day.
"A big thank you to the community, to Strathmore, to the surrounding areas and to all our customers and staff."
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