Kerr-Taylor Electric was founded in 1967 by its current president, Raymond Kerr-Taylor. In 1971, Raymond built a multiple commercial tenant complex at 75 Glen Cameron Road in Thornhill. Kerr-Taylor Electric moved into the front unit when the building was completed in 1972.
The layout of Glen Cameron Road was such that residential homes made up the north side of the street and commercial buildings were located on the south side. Glen Cameron homeowners would knock on the door looking for residential wiring items and Ray, always being a gentleman, would take the time to please. Word got around that the electrical contractor on the street would gladly sell a switch or two to the public. Calls became so frequent that in 1975 Ray decided that he might as well open up an electrical supply store. Ray's wife, Mary, incorporated part of her name with Ray's (as wives tend to do) and Raymar Electrical Sales was born.
Raymar started with one counter person in 1975 and expanded its inventory over and above the industrial and commercial based inventory of the contracting business. By offering various household wiring products for practical wiring and décor, Raymar kept on pleasing home owners. Direct competition came from various hardware stores in the area. Raymar excelled at the "how to" aspect of the business.
By 1975, Ray Kerr-Taylor had 26 years of experience in electrical wiring methods and used this experience to build his business. The electrical contracting shop always had an electrician around to answer customer concerns and questions. As time progressed, Raymar progressed. The formula of great products and sound knowledge was a success. Raymar expanded to stores in Toronto and Newmarket.
After the store in Toronto was opened a new type of competition arrived in the GTA. Big- box stores were already the "norm" in the food industry and now they were about to enter a brand new market, the hardware/home renovation industry.
General curiosity and desire for low prices took a percentage of the residential customers away from Raymar, causing the closure of both the Toronto and Newmarket locations and a return to basics. Raymar noticed an emerging pattern to the big-box store pricing methods – the formula of bargain-priced "draw" items and higher-priced accessories.
Raymar has always believed in fair pricing across the board. They are competitively priced and have learned that, in today's market of buying globally, one has to remember not to sacrifice quality for price.
Today, Raymar shares a relationship with both the home owner and the small contractor, as their contracting business shares space with Raymar, offering the knowledge of current wiring methods and code.
Raymar customers can expect an excellent balance of price, quality and know-how.
We welcome any questions and feedback you have, and we’re more than happy to take your order.