By Jill Nagy
A 5,520-square-foot lumberyard, building supply, and design center has been added to Saratoga Quality Hardware at 110 Excelsior Ave. in Saratoga Springs.
The new addition was partially opened in July and now is fully expanded.
“We had some kinks we wanted to work out,” said Louise Eddy, who owns Saratoga Quality Hardware and its sister store in Hudson Falls, Burgoyne Quality Hardware.
“This lumberyard has been on the drawing board for a long time,” Eddy said. “We are excited to expand our selection for our Saratoga area customers and bring them the same premium lumber and high quality building materials we have been selling in our Hudson Falls lumberyard.”
The Hudson Falls store added a drive-through lumberyard—consisting of two flatbed trucks with forklifts—in 2002. The Saratoga yard is a conventional store, not a drive-through. In addition to lumber, it sells roofing materials, siding, and other building materials.
There is also a design center, essentially a showroom for paints and similar decorating materials, including samples and informational literature. Also available are Weathershield windows and Eddy plans displays of that line of merchandise in a few months.
The lumberyard is designed to meet the needs of both professional contractors and do-it-yourselfers. So far, Eddy said, the majority of their customers have been professional contractors.
The staff includes three dedicated employees, supplemented by other sales personnel as needed. Sam Smead, a 20-year veteran of the lumber and building supplies business, manages the lumberyard. Greg Wood, another experienced hand, is the new inside sales representative for the design center.
Eddy has owned the company for 12 years.
The decision to expand into the lumber business was based upon the availability of space and the location. In the past, Saratoga customers were referred to Hudson Falls to purchase lumber.
Saratoga Quality Hardware is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Further information is available on the company’s website, SaratogaQualityHardware.com. The telephone number for the Saratoga store is 518-584-9180.