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75 years and four generations

For 75 years, the Thulin family has served homeowners and contractors in Campbell River

For 75 years, the Thulin family has served homeowners and contractors in Campbell River, offering expert advice and friendly service to generations of Vancouver Island residents.

To celebrate Pioneer Home Hardware Building Centre’s 75th anniversary, the store hosted a variety of festivities, including a cake cutting ceremony and family fun day on Saturday.

“We have always received tremendous support from the residents of Campbell River and we’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our friends in the community,” said Gary Thulin, Dealer-Owner, Pioneer Home Hardware Building Centre. “”Glen, Dean, Allison and I look forward to many more years working with local homeowners and contractors.”

The store was founded in 1937 by local businessman Carl Thulin Sr. and his wife Margaret. In 1952, their son Carl Jr. and his wife Florence joined the family business and their three sons Dean, Gary and Glen now serve as Dealer-Owners of Pioneer Home Hardware Building Centre along with Gary’s daughter Allison Kilby, making her the fourth generation of the Thulin family to work in the hardware business.

On Saturday, the store hosted a family fun day featuring a petting zoo, face painting and belt sander races. The fire department was be on hand with its fire safety house and the RCMP’s Safety Bear also paid a visit.

Volunteers from Campbell River Special Olympics were on site, providing free snacks and musical entertainment.