There’s a rebirth happening in “The Rose City.”
Welland’s Hicks Lumber is now under new ownership. Hicks has been a staple in the city for quality wood products and building supplies since 1946.
And throughout that time, it has been family owned and operated. A true success story, Hicks witnessed and overcame many economic droughts in a city that was once an industrial powerhouse. Its former neighbour Atlas Steel was one of the city’s largest employers at the height of its success with a workforce of around 3,000.
Even after ‘big box’ stores set up shop in Welland, customers continued to do business with Hicks. They valued the service and quality that could still be found there. Free delivery and competitive pricing was another reason many decided to shop at ‘the old school’ family business.
So when the business was offered for sale recently, new owners Paul Savoia and Harry Powell saw an opportunity to keep the doors open.
“There was something so unique about Hicks that we couldn’t ignore,” said Savoia. “Hicks has a small town feel that we want to retain.”
The new owners have no intentions of changing the name or style of business. Instead, they are giving the interior a freshening and reopening in mid-April.
“We didn’t purchase Hicks with any plans of changing the business model,” ‘said Powell.
Hicks Lumber will be hosting a grand reopening on Saturday, April 28 starting at 11am.