Here’s a sign of optimism for dealers nationwide: So far this year, ProSales research indicates there have been more than twice as many facility openings as closures. Meanwhile, other dealers are expanding or rebuilding facilities. Among the latest:
Building Solutions, a Tulsa, Okla.-based dealer, will open a new location in Oklahoma City, which it plans to have operational by mid-May.
Timberline Enterprises, Gloucester, Mass., seeks this summer to put its second yard on a greenfield site in Newburyport, Mass.
SRS Acquisition opened greenfield locations in Easton, Md., and Nashville, Tenn., both under the Superior Distribution name.
Anderson Lumber in Madrid, Mo., opened in the location of the former Adams Lumber in town. The new company is owned by Tom Anderson, a former manager for Adams Lumber.
River City Building Supply of West Sacramento, Calif., opened its second and third stores, in Livermore and San Jose, Calif.
D. Baker & Sons Lumber, Grand Haven, Mich., reopened its lumberyard a little over a year after its facility was damaged by a winter storm in January 2011. The company continued to operate in a temporary location after the storm.
Hufford’s Lumber and Hardware opened in Leachville, Ark.
Carter Lumber opened a new facility in Macomb, Mich., in January.
McKlveen Lumber shuttered its location in Prairie City, Iowa, and moved the inventory and staff to its other facility, in Newton, Iowa.
Creeger’s Gold Rule Lumber Center, Rising Sun, Md., closed in March.
South Fork (Colo.) Lumber opened in March in a former ProBuild facility. The new store is a unit of Sterling Lumber and Investment.
Mill Creek Lumber & Supply, a distributor and component manufacturer based out of Tulsa, Okla., announced it leased a 37,000-square-foot facility in Wichita, Kan., where it plans to open a door shop, truss manufacturing operation, and showroom.
Wheeler’s, the Rome, Ga., dealer that at one point was No. 24 on the ProSales 100, auctioned off one of its truss manufacturing and warehouse facilities. It will continue to operate at a smaller facility in town.
The Barr Lumber branch in Apple Valley, Calif., closed in April. Barr still runs four other stores.
84 Lumber revealed plans to close its facility in Riverhead, N.Y.
And among manufacturers, Crystal Pacific Window & Door Systems planned a grand opening on May 2 at its headquarters and factory in Riverside, Calif.