After fourteen years of operating the Port Stanley Home Hardware store, Karl Berkelmans
has sold his business interests to Geerlinks Home Hardware of St. Thomas, with Saturday
10th, 2018 being his last day as boss. On Sunday February 11th, the store will be closed for
Karl said his store wasn't up for sale at the time, but one day an offer came through,
and decided maybe it's time to take it. His reasons for selling were just that it
was time for a change and that he had no real plans for the future except for taking
it easy for awhile and maybe playing a little golf.
Buying the Port Stanley Home Hardware in 2004 was a great move which has turned
out to be a most memorable experience with no regrets, and that he always enjoyed
joking around with the customers. Karl would also like to extend his sincere gratitude
to all his dedicated and loyal customers who supported him through-out the fourteen
years of being in business in Port Stanley.
All employees will be staying as a condition of the sale and Chris Daminato will
be the new manager of the store.
A farewell party for Karl will be held on Sunday February 18th, 2018 at the Port
Stanley Legion from 2-6 p.m. with everyone welcome.
At the Farewell Party Karl arrived just a little late.
Although Karl arrived a little late for his Farewell party, he did say later his
excuse was that he's not on the clock anymore, and after all that he was retired.
There was a good crowd of people to offer Karl a sincere farewell and some even
offered a few good tips on what to do during retirement.
He mingled with the crowd offering his thanks to all those Wonderful People of Port
Stanley for being loyal customers over the last fourteen years. He was truly grateful
for being welcomed into the Port Stanley community and for all the support he received
for him and his business which made coming to work a real pleasure. Many of his
customers are now good friends.
He also wished to thank all those people that patiently worked with him over the
years at the store, it was great, thanks Olga, Carlie, Bev, Adrian, Wayne, Kirsty,
Jim, Logan, Cassie, and Matt. Karl also offered congratulations to the new manager
of the store Chris Daminato and to the Geerlinks Team for everything and that he
was quite confident that the new team would provide the same outstanding service
to the community.