THETFORD MINES, QC, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Unimat home renovation
is proud to inaugurate its first store with a retail area of over
32,000 square foot sales floor 32,000 square feet of sales, the result
of an over $7,000,000 investment.
Innovate and come closer
For the first time in its history, Unimat is bringing together nine
product categories (including plumbing, electrical, hardware, building
materials, painting and decorating, not to mention the agricultural
items, maple syrup and garden products that built his reputation) under
With a 32,000 square foot sales floor, the new depot offers an
impressive selection of products and has a large decoration centre.
This renovation centre has been designed with the customer in mind: all
that they offer is clear from the first glance, the aisles are wide,
the products are clearly identified and easily accessible. On the
floor, about thirty employees are available to answer questions. Unimat
has used 100% LED lights to be more eco-energetic.
In your neighbourhood
After extremely high profit growth of 70% during the last seven years,
throughout Quebec, Unimat is implementing a new format to better meet
the actual needs of the population in Thetford Mines.
The aging of the population and real estate in the region are
opportunities that led Unimat owners to rethink the concept of their
"Consumers want everything under one roof, and above all, to be guided
towards what will best fill their needs. Historically, we at Unimat
have relied on being close by: geographic proximity for certain, but
more importantly human proximity. However, in this new "Unimat giant home improvement
centre", the customer will enjoy the feel of a neighborhood hardware
store, even in a large warehouse due to our superior, personalized
service and warm welcome" said René Labrecque, Executive Director of
Contributing to area growth
In this adventure, the Coop des Appalaches partnered with a solid business partner: The Coop fédérée, who act as co-owner and main supplier. "As a member of three
Pan-Canadian purchasing groups: Spancan, ILDC and IPCO, La Coop fédérée has considerable purchasing power. The result: consumers know that by
buying at Unimat they will get competitive prices and contribute to the
economic development of their region ", said Mr. Denis Richard,
President of the Coop fédérée.
"Unimat is a cooperative created and founded by people of the region for
people of the region. All profits are reinvested into the community, as
either local investment or through rebates. Our goal is to contribute
to the success of our region and improve the quality of life for the
residents, "said Mr. Renaud Bergeron, president of the Coop des
The Coop des Appalaches and the La Coop fédérée have invested seven million dollars into this project that has also
created 22 new jobs.
The Brand was initiated in 2004 by Quebec agricultural producers and
entrepreneurs. Since then, Unimat is part of the life and the evolution
of regions across Unimat's 177 stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and
Ontario, which now allow consumers to purchase products they need, for
themselves, in the heart of their community and at competitive prices.
Unimat is a part of La Coop network, a full member of La Coop fédérée.
About La Coop fédérée
La Coop fédérée represents nearly 90,000 members in 105 co-operatives with facilities in
Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
It employs nearly 11,000 people and has accumulated a profit of 4.4
billion dollars. La Coop fédérée is present throughout the food chain and, as a wholesaler, provides
agricultural producers the goods and services needed to operate their
businesses, including oil products, hardware and agricultural
machinery. La Coop fédérée will celebrate 90 years of existence in 2012, which has also been
designated as "International Year of Cooperatives" by the United
Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
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