New lumber yard coming

If all goes as planned, New Castle will have a new lumber yard and hardware store by the spring of 2015.

Gillman Home Center is a family-owned chain of stores headquartered in Batesville. Charlie Gillman and his three children started the business 20 years ago in Batesville and have opened a new store every two or three years since. They currently have seven stores and New Castle’s will be the eighth. They plan to build on seven acres of land located adjacent to the Steve Alford Inn on Indiana 3.

Henry County Planning Commission approved necessary zoning requirements July 24 for the lumber store to use the land. Pertinent legal notices appeared in The Courier-Times July 17. The parties had not yet agreed to a final price.

“We’re going to have everything you need to build a house,” Charlie Gillman said. “If you walk into one of our stores it looks like one of the big chain outfits but on a smaller scale. We’re going to have floor covering, cabinets, all types of lumber, roofing, dry wall, insulation, a full line of paints and hardware. It’s everything you need, plumbing, electrical, wood pallets and on and on.”

Most of Gillman’s stores have been built from the ground up in small to medium-sized markets. They are currently located in Batesville, Brookville, Connersville, Edinburgh, Centerville, Winchester and Oxford, Ohio.

Gillman said he and his sons decided to build here because they saw a need.

“For one thing, there’s no lumber yard in New Castle,” Gillman said. “I’ve had my eye on New Castle for the last seven or eight years. We like to go into towns where Lowe’s, Home Depot and Menard’s aren’t. New Castle’s a nice town. It’s the county seat, and I think most people like to shop in their home towns. New Castle just seems like a good fit for us.”

Gillman promises competitive pricing and said his stores beat the big chain stores on prices frequently. Gillman Home Centers are open all but three days a year, seven days a week, from “early till late.”

He said the New Castle and Henry County officials he has met and worked with have been very friendly and helpful and that he’s looking forward to doing business here.

The New Castle store will employee approximately 20 people to start with, and if all goes well that number will grow to around 30, Gillman said. Visit www.gillmanhomecenter.com for an application and more information. Gillman said they do their own hiring and like to hire local residents. He anticipates the hiring process to begin sometime in January and continue into February.

New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Corey Murphy said, “Our office is happy to support Mayor York’s efforts to recruit Gillman to New Castle. It is a nice project because they will bring lumber and building materials that residents and local contractors have to largely drive out of town for,” he said.

Gillman said his stores do a steady business with retail and contractor customers and that he expects that will be the case here as well.

 

Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 4:49 pm