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History of Hi-Lite Paint & Hardware

The Van Lochem "ze ijzerenwarenhandelaar" roots go back to 1847 in Aalten, in Netherlands on the German border. Horsemen from all over crossed the border to let their horses’ hooves be hammered by the well-known farrier. This business expanded and was transformed into an Iron monger’s shop, which still has a branch on a prominent spot in Aalten today.

After The 2nd World War, in 1948 Mr Herman Van Lochem senior, his wife and 4 children immigrated to South-Africa, where another 2 children were born. Mr Herman Van Lochem, at that stage an electrical contractor, started the business in 1961. A variety of products were supplied to the public – toys, records, bicycles and a lot more!

Since 1961 it was a family concern with Herman Van Lochem senior and his oldest son Gert Van Lochem. Herman Van Lochem junior joined the business in 1971.

Systematically the core business started to become Paint & Hardware. In 1987 the shop at Hatfield Galleries, situated between Schalk Vorster’s Sport shop and the Ding Dong restaurant, was only 89 square meter in size. From the Galleries Hi-Lite Paint & Hardware moved to the premises of the Old Saambou for 5 years.

In 1993 Herman Van Lochem junior acquired the property opposite the Old Saambou. A building was constructed. Hi-Lite Paint & Hardware moved there and can still be found there today. The premise is 900 square meter in size with 15 employees of whom a lot are family, in-laws and friends of the family.

After 60 years our first priority is still to aspire friendliness, trustworthiness, uniqueness and quality service, which is relationship driven.  At Hi-Lite Paint & Hardware we value your support and like to solve your problems. Most people start as a customer to become a friend soon.