Our Story

Powell River Building Supply Ltd (PRBSL) was born in June of 2003 after the owners of IRLY Building Centre sold the operation to a group of brave employees. These employees took a chance at rebuilding a business that had suffered from an economic downturn. That decision allowed the employees to secure their own employment and ensure the business remained healthy and thriving, while continuing to provide the Powell River community with the resources it needed to grow and expand.

The first few years navigating new ownership presented some challenges, but with the support of the Powell River community, we doubled our inventory selection, employed 18 more local residents, and became a reliable and trusted building supplier in Powell River.

In 2006, the company acquired the United Carpet Flooring Center, located in the building beside Powell River Building Supply Ltd. This acquisition allowed our company to expand our department offerings and offer every product and service needed to renovate or build a new home.

In 2007, the company left the IRLY Building Centre group and became an affiliate dealer of RONA. This move took our products and service offering to yet another ground-breaking level. The decision proved wise as the ability to order from a selection of nearly 30,000 more products from the Rona.ca website made it much easier for our customers to shop local and find more unique product selections.

Thirteen years later, Powell River Building Supply Ltd., operating as Rona Building Center, is stronger than ever. Employing over 40 local residents, we are thoroughly involved in the community and an important facet of the community’s economy. As a corporate citizen, RONA Powell River Building Supply is active personally and financially with virtually every area of not-for-profit, charity, and sport organizations which operate in Powell River.