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Interstate + Lakeland grows in Connecticut

Greenwich, Conn. pro dealer expands into Westport.

BY Andy Carlo

Interstate + Lakeland Lumber, the Greenwich, Conn.-based pro dealer, has expansion plans fully underway.

On Aug. 1, the dealer closed on the acquisition of the former Torno Lumber in Westport, Conn. The latter shut down operations this past April. 

The move gives Interstate + Lakeland two properties in Westport, including a former hardware store that will be turned into the dealer’s latest design center, along with a new yard.

Renovations are underway including a redesigned lumberyard. 

“We’ve been wanting to expand our brand and perhaps enter into another market for some time,” Sheldon Kahan, the owner and president of Interstate + Lakeland Lumber told HBSDealer.

Located roughly 20 miles up the coast from Greenwich, Interstate + Lakeland had already been servicing the Westport community. 

“Now we can service them better and introduce ourselves to brand new customers,” Kahan said. “Once you are in the market, it’s easier to put yourself in front of new customers.”

Along with its flagship yard and millwork design center in Greenwich, Interstate + Lakeland operates locations in Bethel, Newtown and Stamford, Conn. along with facilities in Shurb Oak and Port Chester, N.Y. 

While Interstate + Lakeland has a strong presence in Connecticut, the dealer makes plenty of deliveries into neighboring Westchester County, N.Y. as well. 

“We are going to take what we have done very successfully, and bring it to Westport,” Kahan said. He said he expects the new design center to be up and ready by the third quarter of 2020.

Interstate + Lakeland Lumber was founded by the Kahan family in 1922 with four generations of the family running the business. 

“This is a really great opportunity for our company and the future of our company. We are here and we are going to keep going. This lets the market know that we are going to continue to thrive and grow,” Kahan added.

 

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