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Central, now owned and operated by Kent Building Supplies, a division of J.D. Irving Limited, began humbly in 1976 when brothers Steve and Dan Smith began selling wood stoves out of their father’s garage with a Six Thousand Dollar bank loan co-signed by their father..
Central has seven home improvement/building supplies retail stores in seven locations, primarily in northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, as well as one store located in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Of the seven stores, three are full-service large box format with full-service drive thru lumber yards and drive-thru warehouses; two are medium size boxes with full-service drive thru lumberyards; and two are satellite stores operating in small boxes serving outlying communities in relatively close proximity to two larger stores so that services such as customer delivery can be managed both effectively and efficiently. The seven stores are supported and serviced by a Retail Support Center and Distribution Center located in Lower South River, Antigonish on the Trans Canada Highway.
Central is a privately owned company that is truly Nova Scotia born and bred – we pride ourselves on being Nova Scotian!
. Central's premium quality white and pressure-treated lumber programs offer Nova Scotia grown, milled, treated and trucked lumber - creating hundreds of fair-wage, year-round jobs in and around the communities in which we operate.
As part of our commitment to continuous improvement and outstanding customer service, our newer stores feature design innovations such as:
• Drive-Thru warehouses for total customer convenience and service – no more getting wet while you load up your project materials!
• Fabulous Seasonal Centres in Antigonish, Stellarton and Sydney - a gardener's delight!
With over 30,000 in-stock products, and any non-stocked product you want able available by special order, when it comes to home improvement, Central is truly your partner in every way!