In 1922, Pollock's Hardware opened as a general hardware store. In 1994, Wayne & Lois Cash bought the store & owned it until, wanting to retire, it was put on the market. Unfortunately, they could not find a buyer and so, in 2007, the store closed it's doors...
The History of Pollock's Hardware Co-op
Pollock’s Hardware store at 1407 Main Street opened. For over 85 years, it supplied the community with general hardware merchandise & houseware goods.
In 1994, owners Wayne & Lois Cash wanted to retire. Pollock's Hardware was put on the market.
Unfortunately, Wayne & Lois could not find a buyer. So in 2007, Pollock’s Hardware closed it's doors. This could have been the end for Pollock’s. But local neighborhood members who were dismayed that such a north-end icon would be shut down were inspired to re-open it as a co-operative.
The community held many meetings to discuss the opportunity of creating a co-operative of Pollock's & a board of directors was formed. On June 21st, 2008 Pollock’s Hardware Co-op re-opened! The Grand Opening was celebrated with community members, food, drinks & special guest appearances from Mag Ruffman & Steve Smith (Red Green).
Pollock’s continued to surprise by exceeding expectations & becoming a financially stable business. In 2011, Pollock’s Hardware Co-op paid 5% interest to those who bought investment shares & had also expanded the investment share program.
Pollock’s rented 5000 square feet to use as a warehouse & supply BUILD & Manitoba Green Retrofit, as well as other local contractors & the general public with commercial building supplies. This second location opened it's doors in the spring of 2012 & operated for several years. A third location opened in the community of South Osborne in the fall of 2013 & operated for over 5 years. Present day, Pollock's Hardware Co-op now solely runs out of its flagship store location in the North End at 1407 Main Street.
Why a Co-op?
Meet the community's needs
Promote local ownership & control
Develop & provide community leadership
Build a stronger community