Hardware, Trade and Gardening
Hardware stores sell to households, businesses and tradespeople - although major builders would buy from a wholesaler. Retail products include building materials; hand and power tools; paint supplies; plumbing fixtures; nails, screws and other fasteners; along with key gardening needs such as tools; watering equipment; lawnmowers and fertilisers.
Garden and nursery retailer product ranges includes a variety of plants and trees, fertilisers, garden ornaments, gardening tools, pot plants, seeds and other items like bags of compost. As with other retail sectors, businesses can choose to specialise in a particular product or offer a diverse range as with larger warehouse type stores that include trade, hardware and gardening departments. Over 4,000 people work in South Australian hardware stores, about half as sales assistants.
Three in every five people who walk in the door of a hardware store are home renovators. Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects have been made popular by television shows and have changed the 'look' and 'feel' of hardware retail - while drought conditions, smaller backyards and the amount of time people are willing to spend working in the garden have meant the gardening sector has become more 'inventive'.
South Australians spend more than $83 million a month on hardware and garden supplies.