Courtneys sell Blyth hardware store - Jan. 18, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Entering his 40th year at the helm of Blyth Building Supplies Limited, Gary Courtney and his wife Chris have signed on the dotted line, selling the business.
Gary said property was listed for sale two years ago and that he and Chris hoped to find someone who would continue to run a hardware store and lumber yard. He said that the new owners, who can’t be named yet, were set to do just that.
With the new owners taking over March 5, Gary said there is a lot to do before Feb. 28, the last day Blyth Building Supplies will be open
“We’re doing an inventory reduction sale,” he said. “We’d rather sell everything than count it.”
He said there are a lot of items for him to get out of the store and the surrounding buildings before they turn it over to the new owners.
Courtney said the decision to sell was inspired by a number of factors including him turning 65.
“I see other people getting out of their businesses or retiring and I thought maybe it was time,” he said. “Though I’m not technically retiring.”
Courtney, alongside his daughter Elisha Courtney-Haak, who has worked at the family store for years, will both be involved in the new store.
As for future plans, Courtney said it will take him awhile to figure out what he can do with himself.
“I want to spend some more time with the grandchildren and maybe have a little more me-time,” he said. “There are also a lot of things to do at the family farm. I want to build a bridge and a cabin and there is some other work to do.”
Courtney said he would take a year to figure out his options, but after that, he wants to see Canada. While there has been some discussion about heading west with Chris, Courtney said he wants to head east.
As far as the new store, Courtney-Haak said the new owners will have a different way of doing things, but may be able to offer more products.
“It will be good and there will be some big changes,” she said.