New Hardware owner Brad Smith has taken on the opportunity to revitalise Bindoon Hardware.
For the last 15 years Brad has lived at Ongerup, near Albany. He and his wife owned and managed a general store selling everything from groceries to hardware. They sold the business five years ago, enjoyed some time out, and tried a few things – but Brad decided he missed running a business, and was looking for something close to Perth.
“I have always loved hardware. Even in the other business, I always preferred the hardware, I think it was talking to the clientele.” As a small farm owner (wheat and sheep) he somewhat understands the local audience and appreciates what is needed.
The business will undergo some physical changes including a new store banner, Brad has chosen to sell under the ‘True Value’ banner, part of the Mitre 10 group, which he believes will allow him to deliver good value products without the significant marketing overheads that some of the other brands require.
He is pretty keen to take the broom to the existing business; planning is underway for the store to be redesigned, changing all the shelves around, and putting everything into logical sequence. He is looking at removing some of the low grade tools and stock, seeking to replace with good value, quality tools.
Brad is keen to know what locals want from a Hardware. “There is no point us guessing what people want, we need to know what are the specific requirements for the area. For example, already people have told us they want metric fittings for high pressure water. “
“We are also going to tie up with one of the big rural companies so we can do farm fencing, fertilisers and other farming requirements.” He is also looking to clean up out the back to make room for more rural supplies, hoping to make it a more useable space to drive and turn around.
Brad will continue to do gas and delivery and stockfeed. Many customers will be pleased to hear that Brad is looking at extending trading hours to 7 days – possibly half days on weekends. To begin with Brad will be manning it full time but he is hopeful that he can get the business to a point where he can employ someone to assist.
We welcome Brad and his wife Margaret, a Community Nurse, and his two teenage children to the region and wish their business success.