Medina Journal-Register — Medina has had a local lumber yard for more than 100 years, with Tom Snyder as only the sixth owner in the building’s history.
Snyder, who bought what is now Medina Lumber and Hardware in 2009, said he used to buy lumber and other materials from the woodshop before it closed.
“I was a contractor under the name ‘Tommy, Inc.’ and I thought the cost of a two-by-four-by-eight would cost two or three times as much, and I’d have to go to a big box store,” Snyder said. “It would make the cost of a job go up considerably, so we ran the numbers and we decided to do it.”
The “we” Snyder referred to was himself and his dad. Snyder added that he had originally considered buying a lumber yard in Albion several years earlier but the timing was not right.
In October, Snyder revamped his business and held a grand re-opening to usher in a new era of hardware sales. Previously, Medina Lumber and Hardware was the biggest local lumber retailer in Medina. However, when Ace Hardware moved in to the old Jubilee building on East Center Street and opened its own lumber yard, Snyder decided he needed to adapt his business.
“Ace decided to sell lumber, so we decided to sell hardware,” he stated matter-of-factly.
Since the addition of the hardware, Snyder said he has seen sales climb and he anticipates them growing “that much more.”
“There are a lot of things we can acquire, and the community has supported us,” Snyder said. “There are local contractors who are here frequently.”
Between 4,500 and 5,000 new hardware items are now for sale at Medina Lumber and Hardware, which has seen its customers pleasantly surprised since the change.
“Oh, they’re quite surprised when they walk in the door now,” Snyder said. “They were used to seeing what (previous owner) Somerset had to offer, but they didn’t do this.”
Snyder said he has aimed to keep the shelves packed and so far the response has been “very good.”
He added, “I’ve sold some things that I never would have believed I’d have sold four years ago.”
With nearly a month in business with hardware, Snyder said he is keeping up with box stores and has “put in orders every week.” He said his vendor, Orgills, is the largest hardware supplier in the world and that if an item is not in stock, he can get it. Another thing he will soon be getting is a Valspar paint and color matching system.
Snyder also put in a plug for next week.
“We’re going to have some great Black Friday sales,” he stated.