After owning Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Company in Laconia for four generations, the Veazey family will be handing over the reins to another family-owned lumber company with a similar business story. Benson Lumber & Hardware in Derry purchased the company but will retain the Bouila-Gorrell Lumber Co. name as the store is Laconia’s oldest independent lumber company .
Benson Lumber has been in business for 103 years and has also been family-owned for four generations. “We truly felt this was the right direction for the future of the company. We are very dedicated to our customers and we wanted the same level of customer service to continue," says Sally McGarry, a member of the fourth generation of her family to run Boulia-Gorrell.
The staff at Boulia-Gorrell will remain the same and they will continue to provide the same product and services, but customers will also see new products on the shelves.
Benson’s Lumber & Hardware has two other locations in Derry and Londonderry. “Before we began to expand, our business began at a size similar to Boulia-Gorrell’s,” says Grant Benson, one of the owners of Benson Lumber & Hardware.