Eastern Avenue Lumber Company was founded in 1947 by Robert and Sarah Gail Barbee. Originally, the company purchased rough lumber products to be re-milled on site into finished lumber for the local construction market. Mr. and Mrs. Barbee were joined several years later by Robert and Vera Thornton and Bundy and Blanche Ogle. Mr. and Mrs. Thornton continued to operate the company after the retirement and demise of the original founders and other partners. Currently, the company is operated by Steve and Craig Thornton— the sons of Robert and Vera. Eastern Avenue is the only locally-owned and operated lumber and hardware business in Ross County.
What had begun as a straight line lumber yard in 1947 has grown into a full-service home center, including lumber, hardware, and paint for the 21st century. Our store and yard has well over 22,000 items in stock, and we have access to literally millions more. Our direct affiliation with three major buying groups, over 20 major distributors, and thousands of other manufacturers allows access to virtually any construction product at a competitive price.
Throughout the years, Eastern Avenue Lumber’s mission has been to fulfill our customers’ construction and home improvement needs and to serve them well. We pride ourselves on friendly, knowledgeable sales people who take a real interest in our customers’ projects. We maintain and operate a fleet six of delivery vehicles for our customers’ convenience, including a Chevrolet Kodiak flat-bed truck complete with a 20 foot dump bed and power ladder for rooftop deliveries. Our computer system allows us to manage billing, inventory, and checkout with greater efficiency and reduced errors. We feel that we have been able to effectively combine the speed of high technology and the time-tested principles of one-on-one service.
Eastern Avenue Lumber is the only hardware store in Ross County operating as a True Value dealer. True Value Corporation merged with Servistar Corporation and Coast-to-Coast Hardware to emerge as the leader in the hardware industry nationwide. It represents the largest hardware and lumber buying cooperative in the world. A vast network of True Value regional distribution centers (with over 70,000 items in stock) services our store with twice-weekly deliveries. True Value shares our philosophy of committed service to all customers.
For over 50 years, Eastern Avenue Lumber has operated with the philosophy of quality products at a fair, competitive price supported by knowledgeable sales people. We intend to operate with the same philosophy for the next 50 years and beyond! We invite you to stop in and see us, or you can contact us by fax, email, or telephone.