FOREMOST FARM AND HARDWARE seeing steady business during pandemic

BY JUSTIN SEWARD insight magazine

Foremost Farm and Hardware has seen a

steady stream of business over the last year. “I am up 35 per cent in sales,”said Rory

Calhoun, Foremost Farm and Hardware owner. Calhoun credits the increase in business to

a combination of a good crop last year and the world health crisis. “We had a drought for three years and then we had a good crop, which helps,” said Calhoun. “But it’s (the) pandemic too. A lot of people

aren’t going elsewhere — they’re scared — they’re staying home and shopping because they don’t want to go to the city.” Calhoun said he is up 20 per cent in busi- ness because of the pandemic. Customers are coming in for everything the hardware store has to offer. “When they’re in here, they see other stuff because I do sell gadgets, candles and all the other things they didn't come in to buy, but they see it,”said Calhoun. Calhoun said usually he has a quarter-page

Photo submitted by Rory Calhoun

of back orders and now he is sitting at four- and-a-half pages. “There’s some product I can’t get at all,” said Calhoun.

Some challenging products to get in include electrical breakers for houses,ammu-

nition and garden hoses to name a few. “I’m at a smaller location and of course I just sell to Foremost people because people aren’t driving out (from) the city to shop in Foremost,”he said, adding the local business has also had “good”community support.

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