Sherwin-Williams Reaches Canadian Store Milestone, Plans Aggressive Expansion

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Cleveland, Ohio-based paint retailer Sherwin-Williams has just opened its 200th Canadian store location in Whitby, Ontario, and it plans to open many more. The community-focused retailer is seeing tremendous growth in Canada, partially fuelled by a booming property market. 

As part of the Whitby opening, Sherwin-Williams will assist with the renovation of the historic James Rowe House. The company gives back to local communities and recently participated in the Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alberta, and also recently donated $350,000 worth of cleanup supplies to the Fort McMurray fire relief efforts. 

Sheryl Wood, Vice President of Marketing for the company’s Canadian division, explained that Sherwin Williams will look to open between 20 and 25 stores annually in Canada, with a goal of operating 300 locations by the year 2020. Stores are generally in the 3,000 to 5,000 square foot range in locations ranging from urban to suburban. Stores are designed in-house, and its real estate is handled by an in-house team. 

With store growth comes job growth, and Sherwin-Williams is looking to hire between 100 and 150 management trainees for its Canadian stores. Interested applicants can find more information and apply at: sherwin.com/mtp.

Sherwin-Williams was founded in Cleveland in 1866, and is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. The company is technically a year older than Canada, and has a unique Canadian connection – Sherwin-Williams opened a manufacturing plant in Montreal in 1894, and its second CEO was Canadian. It now operates over 4,000 stores in the United States and has locations globally. 

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