Liquidators 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 43 states and over 500 employees.
Lumber Liquidators has grown to over 140 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!
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 100
year pre-finished transferable 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 who practice sustainable
harvesting, which allows forests to heal and re-grow faster.
Liquidators has been seen nationally in HGTV's Dream Home, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,
and on This Old House. Even the stars can appreciate a good deal on
quality floors. Lumber Liquidators' floors can be found in the homes of
notable figures such as the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Donald
Trump, Angelina Jolie, Kim Basinger and numerous others.