That was then…
Mercer’s Marine Equipment Limited is a fourth generation, family owned business that had its humble beginnings in 1957. The business opened as a General Store and was founded by Ralph and Ruby Mercer of Clarenville, Newfoundland on Canada’s east coast. Ruby held the primary responsibility of the store as the Mercer’s also had a poultry farm that demanded much of Ralph’s time.
In 1965, their son Philip, joined the family business and would be involved for three years before going off on his own venture in 1968. The leave was brief however, lasting only a few years until 1971 when Philip would return to take over management of the business while his father Ralph, became involved in the Clarenville Drydock. During this period, the product emphasis at the General Store turned to marine products while continuing to maintain a diverse product line. The diversity of the product lines at Mercer’s still exists today and is a critical part of the Mercer’s success story.
This is now..
In 1987 Philip’s son Scott began working at Mercer’s on a full-time basis after gaining valuable experience “growing up” in the store and on the water. Father and son work together to form a strong management team. Business operations are definitely a family affair with Philip’s wife Roberta, son Scott and grandson Nick involved in the daily operations of the business. The Mercer family share a passion for boating, and are proud of their history as Newfoundlanders and entrepreneurs - this adds to the unique experience you will have when shopping from Mercer’s Marine.
Evolving since 1981, the Mercer’s product catalogue consisted of a handful of pages, photocopied product images and included a combination of typed and handwritten descriptions. Today, the Mercer’s Marine product catalogue is one of the largest sources of Marine & Outdoor Equipment in Atlantic Canada and has become one of the company’s most valuable marketing tools.
The company’s physical facility has grown substantially to accommodate the largest inventory of Marine and Outdoor equipment in Atlantic Canada. Mercer’s customer base is located all across Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada as well as Canada’s north. Whether you are a commercial fisherman, recreational boater, or outdoorsman, the inventory, shipping and accounting systems are in place to get your products to you – anywhere in Canada.