Changes on the LBM scene across the country in March have been as raucous as the weather. Among the announcements:
¦ Marjam Supply bought Lainhart & Potter, the 119-year-old hardware and supply store that’s the oldest business in Palm Beach County, Fla. Lainhart & Potter filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this year and was set to be auctioned off on April 5. Marjam plans to keep Lainhart & Potter’s two stores, in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, but relabel them with the Marjam name.
¦ A local businessman purchased Mid-Cape Home Centers, which has five stores and two design centers serving Massachusetts’ Cape Cod region.
¦ Builders FirstSource opened a new distribution facility in Jarrell, Texas, that’s designed to serve the Austin market.
¦ VNS Corp. plans to open a new Choo-Choo Build-It Mart location in Jacksonville, Fla., and re-open its former lumberyard in Richmond Hill, Ga., as a roofing distribution center.
¦ SRS Acquisition opened a new location in San Jose, Calif., under the Roofline Supply name as well as a new store in Raleigh, N.C., under its Superior Distribution label. The company also completed the acquisition of Burbank Roofing Supply, a five location supplier based in Burbank, Calif.
¦ Central Network Retail Group (CNRG) kept up a hot acquisitions pace by purchasing eight Town and Country Hardware stores serving Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Cary, N.C. CNRG still is less than a year old, having been formed last May by Jimmy Smith, president of the Natchez, Miss.-based Home Hardware stores, and Boyden Moore, former president of the Marvin’s chain. Over the winter it acquired Morrison Terrebonne Lumber Center of Houma, La., and NFL Building Center in Daphne, Ala., with a unit in Gulf Shores.
¦ Seigle’s opened a cabinet store in Geneva, Ill.
¦ Short and Paulk Supply opened for business in Dawson, Ga., a store that it had purchased earlier this year from Laing Hardware.
¦ Madison Lumber in Ennis, Mont., closed.
¦ Mizell Lumber and Hardware in Kensington, Md., closed, but all six of its employees were hired by nearby TW Perry.
¦ ProBuild held a grand opening for its location in Morgantown, W.Va., that it originally opened about seven months ago. Elsewhere, ProBuild closed its lumberyard in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
¦ Backstrom Builders Center of Bend, Ore., will close in the next few months.
¦ Alexander Lumber planned to close its Gibson City, Ill., branch by April 1.
¦ Carter Lumber opened new kitchen and bath showrooms recently in its Louisville, Ky., location.
¦ Randolph (Wis.) Do-it Center and Hawkeye Lumber in Oskaloosa, Iowa, both plan to close once they’ve sold their inventory.
¦ Locust Lumber was set at month’s end to celebrate the grand opening of its new location in Southern Pines, N.C.
¦ Werner True Value Lumber in Pine Grove, Pa., announced it is building a new location in town and hopes to move there by the end of the year. The company’s current location will be used as storage space once the move is complete.
¦ Evans Lumber, South Charleston, W.Va., closed March 30.