Princess Auto Ltd. is a Canadian retail chain specializing in farm, industrial, garage, hydraulics and surplus items. The business was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1942, by Harvey Tallman, who bought the auto wrecking business and expanded into war surplus, then later, tools and equipment.
Princess Auto is a Canadian retailer with its headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As of November 2019, the company owns and operates 48 stores in ten provinces, three distribution centres (DC), one DC in Winnipeg, one DC in Calgary, and one DC in Milton, Ontario. In 2015 a manufacturing division in Winnipeg was closed. Princess Auto also offers online sales, a National Call Centre, and mail order service. Various items are sold under its "Powerfist" and "Pro.Point" brands. Princess Auto sells many brand name tools, however, Powerfist tools tend to be lower-cost tools when compared to mid price professional brands such as Pro.Point, UltraPro (NAPA), Craftsman (Sears), or Westward.
As of February 2020, Princess Auto has a total of 48 stores, now located in every province after opening its first Quebec store in St-Jérome, on Sept 17, 2019. For the Quebec stores, the tagline on the storefront is "Des idées. Des outils." (Ideas. Tools.). French has been added to the website, and the entire catalog has also been translated and printed in french.
For over 85 years, Princess Auto has been around to help serve hard-working Canadians, and these uncertain times are no exception. We provide an essential service to our customers, and as a result, we are taking the necessary steps to keep our stores open with the safety of our Team Members and Customers as our top priority. Due to the rising number of reported COVID-19 cases in Ontario over the past several days, we have made the decision to close our Ontario stores to in-store shopping. We remain committed to helping serve the hardworking Canadian farmers and industrial workers, who keep farms working, supply chains going, and food on our families’ tables. Curbside pickup is available and we are currently offering up to $50 in FREE* SHIPPING for online orders. If coming to the store, we ask that you wear a mask, limit your time, practice physical distancing, and above all else, stay safe. Please note that on larger and heavier items, WE WILL ONLY COVER THE FIRST $50 OF SHIPPING FEES; ANY REMAINING SHIPPING FEES ARE THE PUCHASER’S RESPONSIBILITY. For non-essential items or if you prefer not to come to the store, we offer a full product assortment on princessauto.com. Due to high volume of orders, we are experiencing some delivery delays. Our Call Centre is working hard to help you with all of your orders and inquiries. Due to the higher call volume, wait times can be longer than normal, and your patience is appreciated
We serve the tradespeople, farmers, inventors and industrial workers that keep our country going. They are the reason we exist. We aim to provide the tools and equipment they need at an exceptional value, and offer an unrivaled experience backed by our Princess Auto Guarantee: "No sale is final until you’re satisfied". That means we will gladly repair, replace, or refund any product to your satisfaction. We mean it. We are also a company that gives back to the community. One way we do this is through The Princess Auto Foundation, which provides financial assistance to skilled trades students enrolled at Canadian Colleges. Find out more at www.theprincessautofoundation.com.