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LUMBERYARD or lumber palace? Ganahl Lumber Co.’s newest flagship location—so impressive onlookers have commented on it being “the next iteration of design and architecture for a pro lumberyard”—officially opened for business on Aug. 7 in San Juan Capistrano, Ca.
As CEO Peter Ganahl explains: “What Bass Pro Shop is to outdoor enthusiasts, this Ganahl location is to contractors and home remodelers.”
Ganahl’s Becky Acosta added, “It’s not just a store—it’s a destination.”
An official grand opening will be held Sept. 11-15, which will include vendor exhibits, food trucks, games, raffles, prizes, and product knowledge opportunities.
The new facility will allow Ganahl to expand its scope of operations to better serve South Orange and north San Diego counties.
The total property is roughly 16 acres, 10 of which will be used as a lumberyard. The main store is approximately 50,000 sq. ft., plus an additional 50,000 sq. ft. of drive-thru materials storage and operations buildings.
One visitor during a preview and ribbon cutting event on July 27—an architect for 40+ years—wandered around, mouth agape at the showplace’s expansiveness and attention to detail. “This is unlike any lumberyard or home center I’ve ever seen,” he enthused.
It replaces Ganahl’s leased facility in Capistrano Beach, which permanently closed Aug. 4. Much of the crew, including manager John Lopez, made the move to San Juan Capistrano, supplemented by new hires needed to staff the significantly larger quarters. (So much larger, Acosta said, that “you could practically fit the old location in the lobby.”)
Several team members have transferred in from other locations, including order-pulling manager Ryan Barnett from Costa Mesa and finish lumber sales manager Gavin Morris from Los Alamitos, who oversees both finish lumber and counter sales at the new location.
Ganahl purchased the Capo Beach operation from Capistrano Beach Lumber in 1995.
Founded in 1884 and based in Anaheim, Ca., Ganahl operates 11 locations in Southern California.