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About Us

McAdam Home & Building Center Ltd. is an independent family owned convenience hardware and building supply store. The owners Don and Rhonda Doherty purchased the assets of a General Store in 1986 from the Estate of W. Holly Lister. The business has been in operation on the same site since 1885 when George T. Baskin entrepreneur and politician operated a two and a half story general store. Baskin had varied financial interests, including a share in the new Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. This hotel was to become a favorite summer resort for wealthy Canadians and New Englanders. He later bought stores in Penobsquis and St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

Baskin hired Charles Moffat while Charles was still in high school. Moffatt had much to do with the store in McAdam, as well as St. Stephen. Up to 16 trains a day from Boston, Montreal, Halifax, and St. John passed through the village. Conveniently, Baskin's general store was located across from the first railway station.

George Baskin's store in McAdam, New Brunswick, as well as half of the village, was consumed by fire on a windy night on April 21, 1904. At the time of the fire, McAdam had grown from a small lumber camp in the first half of the 1800s to a major railroad junction for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. On May 5, 1904, Baskin commenced to rebuild his store in McAdam with improvements, as reported by the St. Andrews Beacon. The street between the tracks and the buildings was the only one that existed in the early days of the community, and the railroad was the only way in and out of the community.

In 1907, the business was sold to William Lister and Fred Embleton. They operated the store under the name Lister and Embleton as a partnership. William Lister died in 1927, and Fred Embleton purchased his half interest from William's widow and ran the business as a sole proprietorship until 1944 when it was sold to W. Holly Lister. Shortly after purchasing the business, it had burned down once again and another building arose from the ashes. Times had changed however and the main business district had switched to a new street on the other side of the railway tracks. The store front continued to face the original street but due to better access, business was now conducted through the "Back Door". This practice was still in existence when Don and Rhonda purchased the business. Not having undergone much change, the building had become run down, and in 2000, the business was converted from a general store concept to a hardware store and building supply business. A grand re-opening was held and a reunion of former employees took place.

Over the years the products, offered have changed and the premises have been renovated and improved. A modern computerized point of sale and inventory control system was first implemented in 1988, and updated again in 2012. What has not changed is the businesses philosophy, ingrained from one generation to the next. We still believe in the old time tradition of offering a high level of personalized service to our clientele while providing competitively priced products to meet their everyday needs. While there is no stove to gather around like there was in the old general stores of yesterday, customers still like to visit, tell tall stories and purchase the products they need in their everyday lives. We are happy to be here for them.

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Our vision is to be our customers’ first choice for advice and products when they want to have well maintained homes and gardens or enjoy their outdoor living activities.

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Our mission is to be the leader in our market area in convenience hardware, home improvement and outdoor living products. We will do this by creating value for our customers through knowledgeable friendly service, quality products and competitive prices.

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Integrity and Fairness

We will live up to our word and will honor our obligations to our customer’s, employees and vendors ensuring honesty and fairness is ever present in all our business dealings.


We will ensure our customers and employees are treated with respect at all times.


We commit to providing a safe environment for everyone who enters our business either as a customer, employee, vendor or visitor.

Quality and Innovation

Our goal is to offer a high quality productive business that keeps ahead of retail trends through innovation and technology. This is for the benefit of our customers and to ensure our community has continuous local access to the products and services they need. We strive for continuous improvement in everything we do and welcome input from the community we serve.


We work hard and smart and persistently tackle difficult situations and tasks until problems are solved or completed in an acceptable and satisfactory manner. Failure is not an option.

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Our Employees

Don and Rhonda Doherty:
Don and Rhonda are the owners.
They ensure everything runs smoothly 
so that customers can enjoy their experience with us!
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Shannon Gardner:
Shannon handles our Garden Center.
She cares for our plants and ensures
they’re healthy and looking good!
Ceirra Gardner:
Ceirra is our Social Media Marketing Assistant.
She keeps our Facebook page and website up to date providing
information that can help you!
Jayden McGillicuddy: 
Jayden has been hired as our Part-time Summer Student.
He’ll be the muscles at the store!
You can find him working in our warehouses,
handling general maintenance or even doing deliveries.

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Privacy Policy

Information we collect is used solely to serve you our customer. It is not shared or sold to third parties.

We may use the information we collect through the site to:

  •  Provide, administer and communicate with you about products, services, events and promotions (including by sending you newsletters, coupons and other marketing communications).
  • Process, record and track your purchases, payments and rebates.
  • Process, evaluate and respond to your requests, inquiries and applications.
  • Administer our Rewards Program, contests, sweepstakes and surveys.
  • Create, administer and communicate with you about your accounts.
  • Customize your experience with our Website.
  • Operate, evaluate and improve our business (including developing new products and services; managing our communications; performing market research, analyzing our products, services and Website; administering our Site; and performing accounting, auditing, billing, reconciliation and collection activities).
  • Protect against and prevent fraud, unauthorized transactions, claims and other liabilities, and manage risk exposure and quality.
    Comply with and enforce applicable legal requirements, industry standards and our policies and terms, such as our Terms and Conditions of Use.

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Return Policy

We strive to offer a hassle-free return policy.  Customer satisfaction is our goal. Where ever possible, our policy is to provide prompt refunds and when you are not completely satisfied with your purchase simply return the merchandise to our store.  In the majority of instances we are able to retrieve the record of the original sale without the sales receipt being presented. Our only requirement is that products should be unused and be in their original undamaged packaging with any informational material required to assemble or operate the product included. 

Refunds will be processed in the following manner;

  •          Cash if your purchase was made with cash.
  •          A credit to your debit card if your purchase was made with a debit card.
  •          A credit to your credit card if your purchase was made with a credit card.
  •          In-store credit if your purchase was made with a gift certificate.
  •          A credit to your Account Receivable if your purchase was charged to your house account.


For returns where we are unable to retrieve the original sale we reserve the right to ask for proof of purchase either by a copy of the original store receipt or a debit/credit card receipt:


Gift Certificates:

  • Lost or stolen gift certificates can only be replaced for the remaining balance.


We are however, unable to provide refunds for defective merchandise covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. This is beyond our authority and will be handled according to the manufacturer’s policies. Repairs not covered under warranty are the responsibility of the customer.

New Power Hand Tools and OPE (Outdoor Power Equipment) merchandise (including but not limited to, Drills, Saws, Sanders, Mowers, Chain Saws, Snow Blowers, Generators, Pressure Washers, Trimmers and Blowers) purchased at our store may be returned within 30 days of the date of purchase, with the original receipt. We will refund the purchase price based on the original method of payment. The product must be unused and unopened in order for the customer to receive a refund.

Used Power Hand Tools and OPE (Outdoor Power Equipment) Merchandise are not eligible for returns.  This merchandise is subject to the manufacturer's warranty.


Custom products:
Any product that has been cut or mixed cannot be returned. Any custom ordered products like doors, windows or steel roofing/siding cannot be returned.