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Lumber yard on Lincoln Avenue to open for business Monday

Lumber yard on Lincoln Avenue to open for business Monday

Store manager Mike Clark and co-owner Nicole Liby

More than 10 years after Fullington Lumber closed its doors for the last time, the lumber yard south of the Courthouse Square will once again be open for business, this time under the name of Clay County Lumber and Supply, LLC.

Vernon McGee, owner, his daughter Nicole Liby and manager Michael Clark have been working quickly to get the building at 524 Lincoln ready to open next Monday, October 17.

Store hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

A grand opening is planned for November. Fullington Lumber closed in October, 2005.

The company moved the business and inventory from Morganville where McGee operated it since April of 2015 as Morganville Decorating and Lumber. Prior to that the business was owned by the Morganville Co-op.

“We’re moving here for more room for inventory to serve area customers,” Nicole Liby said. “That way, customers won’t have to wait for many items we had to order for them.”

The interior of the building is being completely renovated. A team of a dozen experts were in town last week setting up shelves and product displays.

The old Holte Electric building to the east was also purchased as well as the nearby sno-cone shop to accommodate inventory that can not be held in the old lumber yard, a building that dates back to the late 19th Century.

Preparations for Monday’s opening have been going on since the building was purchased last March.

The Holte building has been gutted to make room for long dimension lumber and other inventory.

The snow cone building will be used for construction of sheds and small utility buildings for delivery to customers.

Liby said the business will concentrate on providing top quality tools and supplies at prices competitive with Menard’s and Home Depot in Manhattan.

Products sold will include plumbing supplies fixtures and electric supplies, hardware, yard tools, selections of Valspar paint to include specialty paints and two lines of stains, home winterizing supplies and will include a section for farm supplies including electric fencing, barbed wire and T posts.

A line of rental tools will be available in the near future.

The store’s computerized custom paint mixing machine will store information allowing customers to order matching paint years after the initial purchase.

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