Potvin & Bouchard celebrates 90-year anniversary 

Boucherville, May 3, 2022 – This year marks the 90th anniversary of hardware store Potvin & Bouchard, established in Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean from its earliest beginnings. There will be a number of promotional offers in place all year long to celebrate this major milestone in the brand’s history.

Potvin & Bouchard started out in 1932, as a partnership between Adélard Bouchard and Ovila Potvin. In 2008, BMR Group’s investors acquired its distribution centre and four renovation centres but kept the banner’s name, well known as it is in the region.

“Potvin & Bouchard is a family affair!” said Annie Bouchard, Purchasing Director at Potvin & Bouchard. “I’m certain that my grandfather Adélard would be very happy today to see how his business has grown. He and Ovila never thought that their business, at the time a carpenter’s workshop and timber yard, would be such a success, 90 years later, with over 200 employees. We are all so proud of this achievement.”

“We are very pleased to be celebrating 90 years of Potvin & Bouchard,” said Martin Lecomte, Vice President, Corporate Store Operations and PRO Experience at BMR Group. “We have worked with them for 14 years now, and it’s inspiring to see how the business has grown over the years. We hope that these establishments will continue reaching new heights, which is why we have made major investments of over 5 million dollars in the last few years to renovate and standardize the Alma, Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie stores.”


Groupe BMR is a subsidiary of Sollio Cooperative Group, which includes more than 275 renovation centres and hardware stores in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritime provinces. Retail sales for Groupe BMR and its members are estimated at more than $1.5 billion per year and some 8,000 people work within the network. Groupe BMR is the leading Quebec player in the hardware industry and operates under the BMR, Agrizone and Potvin & Bouchard banners. 


Kaven Delarosbil
Director, Communications and Events
BMR Group
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