Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) began with a very humble
start in 1993 when Tom Sullivan, a building contractor, began purchasing
excess wood that other companies didn’t need and reselling it from the
back of a trucking firms yard in Stoughton, Massachusetts. This
eventually led to the company finding their niche market in hardwood
flooring in 1996. The first store opened on January 5, 1996 in West
Roxbury, Massachusetts and sold 150 sq ft of floors that first day.
Eight months later they opened a second store in Hartford, Connecticut
and the increase continued ever since. Over the past 10 years the
company has had steady growth with stores in 46 states and over 1000
employees. Lumber Liquidators has grown to over 200 locations nationwide
and more stores are slated to open this year. In order to be closer to
the ports and for better distribution channels the company moved their
headquarters from Boston to an 80,000 sq ft warehouse in Colonial
Heights, Virginia in 1999. They thought that was all the space they
would ever need, but by 2004 they were bursting at the seams and
purchased a 306,000 sq ft distribution center in Toano, Virginia where
they are now headquartered. This state-of-the-art facility is a far cry
from the original headquarters in Massachusetts which had no running
water, and a porta-john in the parking lot!
Lumber Liquidators prides itself with having one of the largest
inventories of pre-finished and unfinished hardwood floors in the
industry. They offer a variety of brands for residential and commercial
construction, including Bellawood Pre-finished Hardwood Floors in
domestic and exotic species with a 50 year pre-finish warranty. In
addition to the variety of solid and engineered hardwood floors, Lumber
Liquidators also carries laminate flooring, bamboo flooring, cork
flooring, and butcher blocks.
Lumber Liquidators negotiates directly with the mills to buy an
entire years production. This tactic eliminates the middleman and allows
the savings to be passed on to the customers who appreciate the
“hardwood flooring for less” method of buying. The environmentally
conscientious company only purchases from suppliers who practice
sustainable harvesting, which allows forests to heal and re-grow faster.
Lumber Liquidators has been recognized by Virginia Business as part
of their Fantastic 50 two years in a row and Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest
Growing Private Companies. Chairman and Founder, Tom Sullivan was named
Ernst and Young’s 2003 Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year. Lumber
Liquidators has also been seen nationally in Home and Garden
Television’s Dream Home, weekly on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,
and on This Old House. Even the stars can appreciate a good deal on
quality floors. Lumber Liquidators’ floors can be found in the homes of
notable figures such as the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Donald
Trump, Angelina Jolie, Kim Basinger and numerous others.
Lumber Liquidators is the largest independent retailer in the United
States, specializing in hardwood flooring (as ranked by Floor Focus
Magazine, 2006). LumberLiquidators.com was recognized as a Top 50
website by Internet Retailer in 2007. Lumber Liquidators has one of the
largest inventories of pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring in
the industry. From Birdseye maple to Bolivian rosewood to 89-cent oak!
Everything Lumber Liquidators sells (unless specified otherwise) is
first-quality, graded to industry specifications, and available in
standard flooring lengths.
Visit one of Lumber Liquidators’ warehouses, order Online or call
1-800-HARDWOOD. Samples are also available.