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November 16, 2011

New life for vacant Eastern Lumber site

Jackson Lumber to renovate, open in spring

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In addition to its recently renovated Lawrence facility, Jackson Lumber & Millwork has another full-size lumberyard and millwork manufacturing facility in Raymond, N.H., along with a kitchen design showroom at the Butcher Boy Plaza in North Andover. Torrisi had operated a lumberyard in Haverhill until the summer of 2009. The property was sold to Joseph's Gourmet Pasta so the food company could expand its business.

With its expansive mill yards and lumber selection, the stores typically cater to professional contractors and carpenters. But Torrisi emphasized that the Amesbury location would retain Eastern Lumber Co.'s large selection of hardware and retail components.

Matrumalo and his family had been running the Route 110 fixture for more than 22 years under the loose umbrella of the True Value hardware giant. In May, Matrumalo said his decision to close had less to do with economics and more with wanting to focus on other pursuits.

With Eastern Lumber Co.'s closing, Amesbury was left with one independent retail hardware store, Amesbury Industrial Supply Co. on High Street near Market Square.

Reached outside his former Route 110 store yesterday, Matrumalo said he felt positive about selling his longtime family business to another family-owned company.

"I've known that family for many years; they're good people," Matrumalo said. "I'm very fussy about what happens here at Eastern Lumber."

Torrisi stressed the importance of maintaining the bonds built between Eastern Lumber Co. and the Amesbury community.

"Eastern Lumber held firmly to a special set of values that we share at Jackson Lumber. We are looking forward to building on Eastern's strong tradition in the region and bringing the Jackson enthusiasm and commitment to this endeavor," Torrisi said.

Word of the sale was welcome news to Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Anna Bonaventura, who said that she was heartened to learn that a large empty storefront would be filled in the near future.

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