By Ken Hirter
Whether you were building an addition, back garden or deck; renovating or painting your bedroom, bathroom or living room, Arruda’s has been a neighbourhood staple for 40 years.
The store is a generational family run and owned business. It was started by Jacinto Arruda whom immigrated with his wife Isabel to Canada in 1964. Proud of his Portuguese heritage and roots, Jacinto and his wife started their family and built Arruda’s into a successful business. He served his community with strong work ethics and the business that continues to be operated by his children with the same principles. The store added a lumber yard in 1983 and became a family business with sons Manuel, Davide and daughter Elizabeth (Pereira) working side by side with their parents in the store.
Sadly, in December 2022 the family lost their patriarch when Mr. Arruda passed away at the age of 83. Husband of Isabel (nee Cabral) for 59 years, a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. The family decided to close the store as Manuel indicated it was time to move on.
The family sends this message to the community: In recognition of your business over the past 40 years we would like to extend a sincere thank-you! We will be saying farewell on August 31st 2023. We realize that without your support and loyalty, we would have not been able to accomplish all that we achieved over the years. All hard work that goes with running a family business is made worthwhile through your dedication.
I know many here in the neighborhood will miss this hardware store. Being a staple for over 40 years they will be greatly missed. Leaving many cherished memories and the family, friends and neighbours.
☆ Please note that as of the writing, everything in the store is 50% off. Drop in before August 31/202, share a memory and good cheer to this good old fashioned family run hardware store. They may be going soon, but the memories last a lifetime.
Wishing the family all the best in their next chapter.
ARRUDAS HOME HARDWARE,17 Barton Street East
Phone (905) 521-2177
Thanks to Manuel for taking the time to talk shop and about his dad. From his dad and the family thanks to ” ALL OF THE CUSTOMERS ”
Remember to continue supporting the businesses in your neighborhood.