Robinson's General Store

Established 1921. Dorset, Canada.

A little history...

Owned and operated by the same family since 1921, this famous general store has become a major tourist attraction and is a "must-see" for any visitor to the Haliburton or Muskoka area.

In the beginning, the store was a 1200 square foot traditional general store, there to service the logging industry and the few locals. It struggled through the depression, then the war years, until 1950 when the first building addition was constructed. After that, whenever the store was able to accumulate a bit of money, another expansion was built. Now, 15 additions later, the store has grown to over 14,000 square feet of retail space.

In the 1980s, our customers voted us "Canada's Best Country Store", we joined the Food Town program and became a Home Hardware dealer.

robinsons store exterior

The Family

1st Generation

Harry & Marguerite Robinson. Harry was born and raised in Bracebridge, Marguerite (nee Norton) in Dorset. They both worked in the store right up until their deaths in 1975 and 1976 respectively.

2nd Generation

Brad Robinson (their son) grew up in the store, and has worked there his entire life. He still works full time in the store.

3rd Generation

Joanne Robinson (Brad's daughter) grew up in Dorset, worked in the store growing up, but moved away after graduating from university. In 1991, she returned to Dorset to work in the store, bringing along her husband, Willie Hatton, and their new baby, Ryan. Joanne and Willie both work full time in the store; Joanne is mostly in the office while Willie runs the grocery section.

4th Generation

Ryan (Joanne and Willie's son) worked part time in the store.

Today

New Owners

Mike and Katie Hinbest purchased Robinsons and the Old Mill Marina (also in Dorset) on May 1, 2021 from Brad and Joanne. Before moving to Huntsville with our two children, we operated a NAPA Auto Parts location in Orangeville.

It’s our intention to continue serving as a cornerstone of the Dorset Community for many years to come. We are very excited to be a part of the community and are committed to keeping the staff and more importantly the traditions Robinsons has been known for in the community for the last 100 years. We want to continue to build on their legacy and hope that it becomes a part of our family for the next 100 years!

Explore Dorset's Many Sights

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