FITZPATRICKS Home Timber and Hardware is set to celebrate its 90th year in business.
Frank Fitzpatrick bought the family-owned company from W.E. Brown, and Frank’s sons John and Gerald took it over.
Kim Fitzpatrick now runs the business with several family members and said she felt a strong responsibility given the company’s past.
“I started working here 34 years ago,” she said.
“We feel very strongly about the family ties to the business.
“We also work very closely with our staff, some of whom have been here for 40 years.”
The trade and retail store moved from Peg Leg Road three years ago.
The new site on Eaglehawk Road is undergoing extensive development and will eventually feature several new buildings.
“There’s one building where the walls and the roof have already been erected.
“There another block where construction has started and there are only two blocks left for sale now.
“There’s a lot of activity here in this area.
“It’s going to bring a lot more people to the precinct and there’s going to be a higher cross section of people in the area.
“Any development in the area is positive.”
Ms Fitzpatrick said competition from large hardware chains like Bunnings had not affected the store.
“When Bunnings came here a few years ago we decided to go from five-and-a-half day trading to seven day trading,” she said.
“Bunnings affected us for about three weekends, then after that our sales were stronger than even.
“We don’t have concerns with anyone else coming to Bendigo because we’ve got a loyal customer base.
“We’ve been here for 90 years.
“We have customers here who have come in to see us generation after generation.
“We’re very family oriented and we look after our staff which is probably why we’ve been here for so long.”
The business will celebrate the anniversary next month with onsite festivities.
“There are going to be a lot of fun activities on November 9,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.
"It will be great."