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Monday, January 06, 2014

Shell Lumber has been sold

Shell Lumber & Hardware has a new owner, he's a businessman who has other interests in the county. The plan, according to new president and COO Jesus Guzman, who will be running the place daily, is to leave everything as it is. The venerable business has been part of the Grove for so long, everyone there is family. Shell Lumber & Hardware was established in 1928.

Jesus was born in Mercy Hospital, he is a Grovite. "I plan on being here and celebrating Shell Lumber's 100th birthday," said Jesus. "I'm the anti-corporate guy," he said. Jesus worked for some of the large corporate big box places and he told me he knows now what to do and what not to do to keep Shell just as small town and full service as he can. In other words, they are keeping the place the same. Jesus has been there since November 2012. The actual sale took place in December.  He's a Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce member and a big part of the community. He'll be more visible this year as he settles in.

Shell Lumber & Hardware recently took part in this year's King Mango Strut, by loaning the use of two of their flatbed trucks and plans are still on for Howl in the Wood for this Spring. They have always been a big part of the community by donating time, employees, supplies and even their very lumber yard for events like Howl and even Shakespeare in the Park. They even have a painted peacock which they bought during our Peacock painting events a few years back. It's proudly displayed right out front.

Paul Naron who owned Shell Lumber & Hardware all these years will still have a minor interest in the business. He's retiring but will be a consultant and probably pitter patter around the place now and again.

Yes, the snow cones and hot dogs are staying, too.



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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That area north of US1 is still considered Coconut Grove? What are the Grove's boundaries?

January 06, 2014 9:38 AM  
Anonymous That Guy said...

Shell is the best, and I am always treated well and helped by someone knowledgeable there. I'm glad to hear that the new guy in charge will keep it as-is.

January 06, 2014 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In some respects Shall Lumber is the heart and soul of Coconut Grove & to appreciate it as such you would have to go there daily for 40 years as I have. Whole families, tradespersons, white & blue collar, lots of women & children, numerous pets, CEO's and plenty of attorney too. Free coffer, pop corn & at times candies. Employees are trained in product knowledge & to treat every customer with upmost respect. Prices are fair & competitive & parts to fix just about everything.

January 09, 2014 3:32 PM  

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