The History of Stanford Builders Supply


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Builder's Supply resides in historic downtown Stanford.  Anchored by the American Flag flying proudly, we operated under five principles and guidelines that were implemented when the company was founded:  

  1.  Provide a family of knowledgeable personnel with years of expertise and experience
  2.  Provide the kind of service you would personally like to receive.
  3. Stock quality building materials at fair prices.
  4. Establish solid relationships built with honesty and integrity.
  5. Invest in the local community and they will invest in you.  

H.R. " Short" Saufley III purchased the building and former location for the old skating ring / Cowden Manufacturing plant  in 1963.  The site became the original home of Builder's Supply.  Starting with no more than a little hardware and paint, the business grew slowly. 

As business picked up, Short was able to add windows, doors, and lumber to his inventory.  He shares memories of the men having to take the company truck to the railroad depot in Stanford to unload the rail cars by hand.  They would load the pickup truck, take it back to the lumber yard,and unload the trucks all by hand when stocking the yard.

The initial years at Builder's supply were comprised of building relationships with the local contractors.  With the help of a great team of personnel, Short started expanding his operations by developing local residential neighborhoods in the community.  As the neighborhoods grew, Builders Supply was able to expand their local outreach. 

Short credits joining the Do it Best Co op as one of the best decisions he made for the company in 1971.  This decision allowed Builder's Supply to be competitive with the big boxes and have buying power.  As time passed, Do It Best was able to truck lumber from their re load centers on a day or two notice.  A far cry from the original days of unloading the cars by hand.  

In 1989, daughter Lee moved home to join the company.  She had graduated from Rollins College and was working for a property development company in Atlanta when her father convinced her to give it a try.  After spending many of her childhood days playing with her father's blueprints it was a natural move for her to continue the family tradition.


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Short and Lee realized that if they were going to stay competitive moving in the new twenty first century, they were going to have to expand their current operation. In conjunction with Do it Best, they strategically designed a new signature home center. In lieu of a typical storefront, they wanted their location to reflect the traditional flavor of their historical community. Having expanded their business to include cabinetry and flooring, it was their desire to create a "one stop shop" that would allow customers to purchase everything they needed for their new construction or remodel projects. Over the course next seven years, plans for a new store were made on the site of the old " Cree-Mee Drive-In."  Once construction of the new building was complete, the old location was torn down to accommodate parking.

The site Builder's Supply resides in today was officially opened in September of 2007.  They were the 912th member of the Do it Best Co op in 1971.  Today there are over 6000 co op members.  The Co op that gave them buying power now gives them access to millions of products stored in their Do it Best Distribution Centers.  They offer free ship to store internet purchases.  Builders Supply
takes great pride in their staff.  Their  professionals  accommodate customer's custom building packages, doors, cabinetry, flooring and paint orders.

The days of receiving lumber at the train depot may have changed.  The guidelines that Builders Supply was founded upon remain the same. Our team of amazing professionals are here to serve you.  Welcome to Builders Supply! 


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