84 Lumber to Close MD Store

Originally published by: Delmarva NowNovember 2, 2011

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FRUITLAND — An Eden couple is about to become the envy of the commercial real estate scene with their investment in one of the region’s most marketable retail corners. David and Dawn Brown’s D Brown Land Investments LLC has announced plans to purchase the 5-acre site at Cedar Lane and North Fruitland Boulevard that becomes available with the closing of 84 Lumber.

The 84 Lumber store, a fixture at the busy intersection for a decade, is closing after a store-closing sale in the next month, ending an era in Fruitland and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The closure, coinciding with a building market still stuck in a recession, leaves big-box national building suppliers as the closest construction retailers serving the needs of professional and amateur contractors or carpenters. The next-closest 84 Lumber retailers are in Cambridge and Selbyville, according to the company’s website.

The Fruitland site was also formerly home to Masten Lumber & Supply Co.

Offsetting the local closure is a preliminary plan by the Browns to redevelop the commercial corner as a mixed-use restaurant and retail complex, a proposal that could attract several commercial tenants and boost the flourishing retail center in the bedroom community just south of Salisbury, said John McClellan, a senior adviser at Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate.

David and Dawn Brown, of Eden, could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

Sperry Van Ness is marketing the property for the Browns, and McClellan said new usage at the property is certain to create jobs for several dozen people and blend an expanding commercial stretch toward the retail-heavy southern tip of Salisbury’s municipal limits.

“We think the corner has good potential,” McClellan said. “We’re talking to restaurants, stores, service providers, people who want to take advantage of the feeder route, the traffic signal and the super Walmart, which brings in a lot of traffic.”

Eighty Four Lumber and the Browns are scheduled to finalize the sale Friday for an undisclosed amount, McClellan said.

 

A spokesman at the Eighty Four, Pa.-based 84 Lumber, Jeff Nobers, did not return telephone calls Monday or Tuesday to comment on whether any employees at the Fruitland store would be relocated within the company.

Eighty Four Lumber also has locations in Clarksville, Dover and Milford in Delaware, Queen Anne on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in Keller on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The company was established in 1956 and operates 281 stores in 150 markets across 35 states. More than 3,700 people work for the company, according to its website.

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