About us

History

The Sanders Family have been in business in the Clare Valley since 1931 when Hugh (Tod) Sanders at the age of 19 purchased a grain and fodder store for 120 pounds. Over the years the business expanded into many different areas including Fuel, Batteries, Tyres, Fire wood, Reinforcing and Cement and was later named HR Sanders.

Tods son Roger joined the business in 1960 and has seen the business continue to grow, which in the 80s saw the old building demolished to construct a new 2 storey facility. In 1995 Rogers son Steve joined the business and saw some opportunities to expand into product areas that were lacking in the Clare district. The first of these key areas was Pet Supplies as it was a natural progression from the Fodder Department. In 2002 Steve and his wife Katrina were Owner Builders of their new home and were struggling to find a Trade Building Supplies outlet locally so the family, along with some great staff saw the opportunity to branch into this area as it was a natural extension to the reinforcing and cement game. At this time the business ceased selling Firewood. In turn they began selling plasterboard, framing and second fix timber, doors and some basic hardware items.

Little did the family know how rapidly the Building Supplies was going to expand. The local Tradies were extremely supportive as the customer service, pricing and efficient deliveries meant their job became easier than sourcing products from the city. Roger and his wife Bev could see the growth potential and began planning on expanding the current site by a further 600m2 which was completed in 2005. By this time the business had grown from 4 staff to 10 and now included hand and power tools, a Haymes Paint department and tiles and bathroom ware.

In 2006 the business became a member of the buying group HBT. (Hardware and Building Traders). This group, set up for independent hardware retailers consists of 400 plus members and 260 suppliers. This gives us the buying power to compete with the big boys on all major brands and product groups in the hardware sector.

In 2009 a shed off site was then used as a bulk plasterboard and insulation depot, and Safety Gear and clothing was introduced. Staff were now numbered at about 15. The family also decided to stop selling tyres and the poor old pets and fodder business was getting pushed into the corner.

It was apparent in 2010 that the business was just too crammed and inefficient so the family began looking for alternative sites. The opportunity to purchase the disused 4000m2 Leasingham Wines Barrel Shed became available early 2011 and in December 2011 Sanders H Hardware opened its doors. The 4000m2 shed is home to all Building Supplies, Hardware, Safety, Tiles, Tapware, and Paint Departments with every product now stored undercover. A huge drive thru which can hold up to 10 vehicles has been a huge asset in the cold Clare winter and scorching summer.

HR Sanders is still located at 182 Main North road and continues sells Fodder, Pet Supplies, Horse equipment, Fuel, Oil and automotive Batteries.

Our Customers

The saying goes, “No customers, No Business”. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our extensive customer base from all over the Mid North of SA. We continue to strive to lead in the hardware industry and provide the latest product information and innovations to our clients. Thank you to all.