When the Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company and ProBuild store closed their doors last year, local contractors had few options for supplies.
Some contractors chose to buy locally at the last remaining lumber supplier while others went out of town for materials.
Beau Porter, owner of the True Value Hardware in Heber, said he noticed an influx of contractors, especially those from Payson needing lumber and framing supplies. The True Value store in Heber has been in Porter’s family for the last 20 years.
“When they left we started delivering a lot more down here,” he said. “We decided it was too far to deliver and provide the level of service we wanted.”
Porter originally looked at opening a small, satellite store in Payson, but decided to take over the former Foxworth space where he could offer a complete line of home supplies.
On Nov. 15, the store opened to contractors and private individuals.
While the showroom is still under construction, Porter said they have everything needed to frame a home.
By early spring, Porter expects to have the showroom open with floor, window, cabinet and fireplace displays.
Porter anticipates holding a grand opening ceremony at that time.
“When it is more grand, but right now the inside of the store isn’t all that grand,” he said.
While Porter said he and his brother, who is his business partner, are a little nervous to open, especially with the construction market lagging with the economy, they are confident there is enough of a need in Payson.
The store will occupy three acres of the former Foxworth site, while one acre will be used to build a Culvers restaurant. Workers will tear down two barns formerly used for lumber storage to make room for the fast food chain.
Porter has no connection with the restaurant chain. A Culvers corporate representative could not confirm a restaurant was opening in Payson.