BayWest Hardware store changes hands

The BayWest Hardware store is going to look a bit different from now on.

The BayWest Hardware store is going to look a bit different from now on.

Hardware store owners Brian Higgins and his wife Sylvia Blenkin have sold the business to Frank and Vicki Hagel, the current owners of Castle Building Centre on Cook Street.

The BayWest store, located on the corner of Bay and Wilson Streets, was closed over the weekend to undergo signage changes before reopening yesterday (Tuesday) as the new Bay Street Castle Building Centre.

“Those businesses are so close together and both very similar in style, so this was a huge opportunity for us,” said Vicki, adding that there will be some changes in inventory, but the staff will remain the same.

“Our store has a funky, fun, but business-oriented vibe and that’s what we’re looking to reproduce over there.”

The sale will allow 70-year-old Higgins to retire after roughly three decades in the home renovation business in Victoria. He said he plans to spent more time with family.

“The sale was very timely for our personal situation and its time for me to not be overly concerned about day-to-day business,” said Higgins who has known the Hagels for 25 years.

“The building supply industry in Victoria is quite a close knit community. We all work together and we’ve all lent each other product over the years when we run out . . . I think they’ll add their own take on the business.”


Just Posted

Horse carriage supporters to rally outside city hall

Owner of carriage company plans rally in response to Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion

UVic science and engineering research gets $18.8 million federal funding boost

Funding for engineering, science, sustainability research

Victoria woman competing for role as Maxim cover model

Winning model gets featured spread in magazine, cash price

Father of Saanich murder victim Lindsay Buziak set to appear on Dr. Phil show Friday

Jeff Buziak says he has not seen the show and does not know what to expect

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Most Read