|Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) began with a very humble start in 1993 when Tom Sullivan, a building contractor, began purchasing excess wood that other companies didn't need and reselling it from the back of a trucking firms yard in Stoughton, Massachusetts. This eventually led to the company finding their niche market in hardwood flooring in 1996. The first store opened on January 5, 1996 in West Roxbury, Massachusetts and sold 150 sq ft of floors that first day. Eight months later they opened a second store in Hartford, Connecticut and the increase continued ever since. Over the past 10 years the company has had steady growth with stores in 46 states and over 1000 employees. Lumber Liquidators has grown to over 200 locations nationwide and more stores are slated to open this year. In order to be closer to the ports and for better distribution channels the company moved their headquarters from Boston to an 80,000 sq ft warehouse in Colonial Heights, Virginia in 1999. They thought that was all the space they would ever need, but by 2004 they were bursting at the seams and purchased a 306,000 sq ft distribution center in Toano, Virginia where they are now headquartered. This state-of-the-art facility is a far cry from the original headquarters in Massachusetts which had no running water, and a porta-john in the parking lot!
Lumber Liquidators prides itself with having one of the largest inventories of pre-finished and unfinished hardwood floors in the industry. They offer a variety of brands for residential and commercial construction, including Bellawood Pre-finished Hardwood Floors in domestic and exotic species with a 50 year pre-finish warranty. In addition to the variety of solid and engineered hardwood floors, Lumber Liquidators also carries laminate flooring, bamboo flooring, cork flooring, and butcher blocks.
Lumber Liquidators negotiates directly with the mills to buy an entire years production. This tactic eliminates the middleman and allows the savings to be passed on to the customers who appreciate the "hardwood flooring for less" method of buying. The environmentally conscientious company only purchases from suppliers
Lumber Liquidators is the largest independent retailer in the United States, specializing in hardwood flooring (as ranked by Floor Focus Magazine, 2006). LumberLiquidators.com was recognized as a Top 50 website by Internet Retailer in 2007. Lumber Liquidators has one of the largest inventories of pre-finished and unfinished hardwood flooring in the industry. From Birdseye maple to Bolivian rosewood to 89-cent oak!
Everything Lumber Liquidators sells (unless specified otherwise) is first-quality, graded to industry specifications, and available in standard flooring lengths.