Stock prepares for move from Park City
Many people don’t even know they changed names four years ago, but the company formerly known as Anderson Lumber, now called Stock Building Supply, is getting ready for another change.
The lumber and building supply company plans to move from its current location on Kearns Blvd. to its new location in at 1185 Lori Lane before Christmas.
The new location is 4.3 miles from the current store and is just 1.7 miles east of U.S. 40 on S.R. 248. The new location is outside of Summit County, just across the border into Wasatch County.
Henry Brunson, location manager for the Park City Stock Building Supply, said the new store will provide the business with the space they need to continue to grow.
"If anyone looks at our current facility they can see we’ve outgrown it and the new one I just better," he said. "There’s more space and more room for growth. We’ve maxed out this location and, like any business, we want to continue to move forward."
The new building will be around 25,000 square-feet, with the site reaching just less than 10 acres. The old Kearns Blvd. site is barely more than 3 acres.
"It gives us more opportunity for merchandising, more products and to carry more of the products we already have," he said. And we’ll have a football field worth of covered storage to help protect the lumber from the elements."
Construction on the main building is finished, although Brunson said there are some "finishing touches" to be added. The site, however, still needs work on the exterior that he said will hopefully be finished by December, including pavement, landscaping, fencing and more work on supplemental structures.
"We’re so excited about some of the efficiencies that will come from the new place," he said. "To open things up and give us more space will be a great thing for everybody. We don’t plan to skip a beat. We just plan to serve our customers better it’s the whole reason we’re doing it."
Stock Building Supply, whose sister company is Ferguson Plumbing, has over 300 stores in over 30 states nationwide. They purchased all 28 Anderson Lumber stores throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho in 2002.
Although their name changed with the acquisition, the Park City store retained the Anderson Lumber sign, which Brunson said is one of the reasons why people didn’t know the change happened.
"We knew a new store was coming and going through he process of getting a new sign approved wasn’t worth it with the move coming," he said. "If we weren’t moving we would have gotten a new sign, but people know us as Anderson Lumber anyhow. Changing the product mix and the color of our trucks from yellow to green were really the only differences."
Anderson Lumber had previously tried to be an all-purpose building supply store, catering to contractors and homeowners alike. But, after the buy-out, Stock Building Supply changed the format to more of a contractor-specific establishment.
"Stock Building Supply is really focused on professional contractors," he said. "We are the country’s largest professional contractor distributor."
Brunson said the new location will not change the format of the store, but will help Stock Building Supply to serve all its customers more efficiently.
"We have a great base of customers and hopefully our new location will help us continue to serve them and to serve them better," he said. "That’s our goal."
Stock Building Supply will continue to operate from its current location until the new store opens. The current store will subsequently close.
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