Yesterday, me and a guy at Home Depot were discussing the reasons and differences for shopping at the local store or lumberyard when getting supplies for their business.
After all, the big box stores carry tons of supplies; why just not go there? I’d thought I would share some views on this topic.
The big box stores carry supplies mainly for residential homes. If you are looking for products for commercial buildings, many times, you need stuff from a specialty store. The guys that work there are more knowledgeable when it comes to specific commercial applications and can guide you in the right direction.
I have went to the big box and employees don’t have a clue to what you are asking them for. They’ll go on their walkie-talkie to get an associate and leave you waiting. Finally when the guy shows up, he gives you bad advice and suggests the wrong product. This is a worst case scenario, but it has happened.
Going to a big box store eats away time. A lot of days, if you head to the big box during peak store hours, you easily spend more time there than you want to. I like to get in and out; time away is time missed at the jobsite. A long material run shouldn’t cut into daily production more than it needs to.
Support the local economy. It makes sense to build relationships with the local suppliers. Many times, we have gotten jobs from the local supply store who knows other local customers and have recommended us to them. Also, it feels good to put funds back into the pockets of small businesses — like ourselves.