Pollock's Hardware Co-op

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A Winnipeg hardware store is celebrating its fifth anniversary since reopening, though it has been a landmark in the city for decades.

Pollock's Hardware closed its doors in 2007 when its owners retired. But people in the community banded together to form a co-op so they could buy the north end mainstay. 

The original building was built in 1922, and Mike Wolchok, the general manager told CBC News staff has worked hard to maintain its historic charm.

"Rather than modernize our store, we've been restoring our store over the last five years," said Wolchok.

"So the goal is that it gives you that kind of small town general store feel like you would have had back in the day."

Wolchok told CBC News the co-op has about 2,500 members and are looking to expand.

"I think there's some other neighbourhoods in the city that sort of have that same community spirit that we could service as well," he said.

People in the West Broadway neighbourhood have approached the co-op about a possible site on Sherbrook, he said, adding they've also looked at a Riverview location as well.

Festivities will carry through the day Saturday at Pollock's Hardware, located at 1407 Main Street, including a BBQ and pony rides in the afternoon.

Article written by: CBC

Written by pollocks hardware — September 25, 2013

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Welcome To Pollock's Hardware Co-op

Pollock's Hardware Co-op is one of Winnipeg's oldest and coolest hardware stores! Established in 1922 we are one of the few independent hardware stores to make it through the boom of big box stores. While thriving in the North End we are committed to staying true to our community, our members and Winnipeg. To add to that we partnered with Build and MGR and with that are now proud owners Winnipeg's first Social Enterprise Centre. The S.E.C. is making a huge impact on Winnipeg as it is promoting and providing space for many of Winnipeg's social enterprises. Pollock's Hardware Co-op is all about community, tradition, and staying true to the word of small independent businesses. Big box stores have nothing on the little hardware store that could! We now have a 3rd location in South Osborne as well! You would be amazed at how much product we squeezed in to that place! Like a mini version of our North End store you would think it was there forever! A must see! A big giant thank you to all our members, share holders, our awesome board and devoted employees.... we wouldn't be here with out you!

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