Pierceys store demolished after nearly a century in building supplies
Building supply store taken over by Rona in 2010
For most of a century, Pierceys building supply store on Almon Street was a mainstay for everyone from homeowners needing a screwdriver to contractors building an entire house.
On Wednesday, a bit of Halifax hardware history came crashing down when the structure was demolished to make way for an undetermined commercial development.
The company was founded by prominent Halifax businessman W.D. Piercey and the store was opened in the years following the Halifax Explosion.
"It is kind of the end of an era. It is kind of a sad day for some," said local resident Shawn Myra.
Myra had just come from Rona, the national building supply chain, which purchased Pierceys, as well as four other stores in the Halifax area, in 2010.
At that time, the Bragg Groupowned Pierceys and had 150 employees at locations in Halifax, Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Tantallon and Elmsdale.
Some former Pierceys employees now work at Rona, located next to the original hardware store and lumber yard site.
"There's a couple of long faces there. They've been expecting it but I think it is kind of sad for a lot of people to see the building go," Myra said.
The amateur historian recalled some tragic history surrounding the previous business, the Dominion Textile Mill, that operated at the location.
"I know some of the history of this building — the terrible things that have happened here due to the Halifax Explosion," he said.
"Very close to this site here, there was a six-storey building that had a textile mill in it. It collapsed, it pancaked down, on mostly women workers. A lot of people died here. Pierceys rose up out of the ashes."