“It’s a big step for us,” said Paul Henry, who started his business in 1990 and who has worked in the industry 37 years. “This will allow us to get my project manager and everyone else in the same place.”
Mr. Henry for eight years has rented a former 7-Eleven store building at 252 Broadview in the Warrenton Plaza for his office and showroom. He also rents warehouse space in Opal.
The former lumberyard — two parcels totaling 1.3 acres with five buildings — will allow him to consolidate his operation, which employs 18, and eventually to offer rental space to other companies, Mr. Henry said Friday.
The property went on the market in 2019, after Gilliam’s Lumber closed, with an asking price that reached $1.35 million. Charlie Ebbets of Long & Foster listed the property.
Mr. Henry has blueprints for renovation of the 3,800-square-foot main building that show a pitched roof with dormers facing Shirley Avenue. Otherwise the brick and stucco exterior of the structure, built in 1957, will change little, he said.
“We’re shooting for the first of next year” to move in, Mr. Henry added.
The property includes three open-air storage buildings and a remodeled structure at 115 W. Shirley that housed former owner Andy Gilliam’s other business, Warrenton Arms & Outdoors. Mr. Henry plans eventual renovation of that building, which might house as many as seven commercial tenants, he said.
Mr. Henry’s business has three window and door installation crews, a siding crew and a roofing crew, along with a project manager and an office staff.
For the first time, the business owns real estate.
At age 14, Mr. Henry got a job working in the lumberyard at Warrenton Building Materials on the same property.