Our history

Today, Réno-Dépôt is a well-established name with 18 warehouse stores and continues to lower the cost of home improvement in Quebec. Here is our story.

1933 – 1969

The foundation of Groupe Val Royal

At this time, Réno-Dépôt belonged to Groupe Val Royal Inc., founded in 1933 by Paul-Hervé Desrosiers, a dynamic and visionary Montréal businessman. It was in Montréal, on the corner of Jean-Talon and Waverly, that P.H. Desrosiers created LaSalle Builders Supply.

This location served as head office of Groupe Val Royal and Réno-Dépôt. At his death in 1969, P.H. Desrosiers bequeathed his business to his two nephews, Claude and Pierre Michaud. 


The arrival of the Brico-Centre

In 1985, the Group, in collaboration with Provigo, launched the Brico Centre stores, superstores targeting the home improvement market. The success was immediate.

The next year, Groupe Val Royal went public, bought Provigo’s share and became the sole shareholder of Brico Centre. 


The birth of Réno-Dépôt

 In 1987, Groupe Val Royal entered into a strategic agreement with the Molson Companies and acquired the Castor Bricoleur stores, located in Québec. In 1992, Groupe Val Royal, with its partner Aikenhead’s, a division of the Molson Companies, announced the creation of Réno-Dépôt warehouse stores. 


Réno-Dépôt grows

After the Brossard store, Montréal welcomed its first branch location in August 1993, in Anjou. In 1994, two other stores opened their doors: Laval and Point-Claire, followed by Marché Central (Montréal) and Québec in 1995. That same year, the company changed its name to Réno-Dépôt. In 1996, a new location was established in Saint-Hubert.

In 1997, the two majority shareholders of Réno-Dépôt Inc., the Michaud family and Molson Companies Limited, sold their interest in the company to the French group Castorama S.A. In 1998, the British group Kingfisher PLC acquired a large block of shares from the Castorama S.A. group to become the majority shareholder. That same year, two stores opened: Hull (Gatineau) and Rosemère.

In 1999, Réno-Dépôt opened a location in LaSalle and, the following year, entered the Ontario market by inaugurating the first stores under its new banner, The Building Box. Six Building Box stores were opened in Ontario. In 2000, Réno-Dépôt opened a location in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montréal).

In 2001, three new stores emerged: Beauport (Québec), Sherbrooke and Sainte-Dorothée (Laval). 


Réno-Dépôt becomes a member of the RONA family

In 2003, RONA, the leader in hardware, home improvement and gardening in Canada, acquired Réno-Dépôt Inc. from the British multinational Kingfisher PLC. The Building Box stores in Ontario become RONA Home & Garden. After the acquisition of the banner by RONA, four stores were added, in 2006, 2008 and 2011: Rimouski, Candiac, Vaudreuil and Ste-Foy. 

Today, Réno-Dépôt is a well-established name with 16 warehouse stores and continues to lower the cost of home improvement in Quebec.

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