59 Church St.
Canaan, CT 06018-0000
About True Value

C.A. Lindell was originally established in 1899 by Carl Lindell, Frank Johnson, Charles Nelson, and Charles Peterson as a woodworking business making sashes and blinds. The business was located in a saw mill off of High Street. This was in operation since shortly after Canaan’s establishment in the 1700’s.

            In 1931 the building burnt to the ground. Carl Lindell moved the business to the brick building near the Canaan Union Depot; it is currently part of the Station Place housing complex.

            Russell (Red) Riva purchased the business in 1939. Red and his family made sash for only two more years when they began producing cable reels for military applications. He was assisted in his endeavors by his two sons, Teter and Leroy. The business soon grew to twenty five employees. As the war progressed, Red saw change on the horizon and knew he would have to get ready for it.

            By 1950 Red opened his new hardware store and lumber yard in its current location on Church Street. He had expanded the business by adding Riva Equipment. Riva Equipment approximately operated from the late 1950’s until the 1980’s. Riva Equipment specialized in John Deere equipment.  The business grew and by the 1990’s there were ten warehouses scattered behind the hardware store.

            In March 1998 the new 60,000 square foot drive-thru warehouse was completed in order to consolidate the majority of the building materials in one place. The new ware-house allowed us to protect our products from the damaging effects of the elements, and increased customer satisfaction by allowing the lumber selection process to take place under cover.

            January 2002 we moved into our new hardware store. The new store allowed 20,000 square feet of retail space and storage. The extra space was utilized by expanding our inventory of hardware, electrical, plumbing, lawn and garden, paint, commercial and industrial supplies. In the expansion a Just Ask Rental was added to offer rental items for parties, yard care, construction, concrete work, home and floor care.

            Our Product selection is the most extensive in the Tri-State area. We welcome any special orders or hard to find items. If we do not stock the item we will order it for you.



About True Value

Behind Every Project is a True Value

Under the sink, against the wall and over the edge when it comes to home improvement?

You’ve come to the right place. Start your projects off right with quality tools, products and expert advice from our True Value Hardwarians. We have the know-how to answer your questions, assist with projects, and find ways to make your home maintenance and improvement ventures a whole lot easier. Whether you tackle projects weekly, monthly or yearly, True Value is your one stop destination for all your hardware needs.