Hancock Building Supply

Street Address:

175 Route 100
Hancock, VT 05748

Mailing Address:

PO Box 61,
Behtel, VT 05032

Phone Number:

802 767-3955

Fax Number:

802 767-3714

Store Hours:

Monday 7:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 7:00am-4:00pm
Friday 7:00am-4:00pm
Saturday 7:30pm-12noon
Sunday Closed

Hancock Building Supply began as an offshoot of Brandon Lumber & Millwork, an independent company owned by John Read since 1967. The Hancock location was opened in March of 1979 by John Read, his son Bob Read, and his son-in-law Bill Sheron.

John Read had first considered opening a store in Waitsfield, but decided that Hancock was well situated between the Waitsfield market and the growing Rochester market. The men quickly found a suitable building and opened the business with an old office building and a large truck garage rented from the estate of John Eaton (the building was once referred to as the John Eaton office building and is now owned by Valley Rescue).

At the time, there were no retail lumber yards in the Granville, Hancock or Rochester areas, making Hancock Building Supply the first building materials store in the valley. The men opened up shop with some uncertainty, wondering if anyone would arrive on their doorstep. Business began slowly and continued to build as residents realized the benefits of a locally owned lumber yard.

Bill decided early on that he wanted to pursue a career in hospital administration, which meant that he would no longer be able to help Bob and John Read with the growing Hancock business. Bob responded by offering to buy out Bill and his father to become sole owner of the business late in 1982. From January 1 of 1983 to 1986, Hancock Building Supply was run as an independent supply store, no longer connected to its Brandon roots.

Business became more consistent over the years. Though it continued to be difficult to draw people from outside the valley, Hancock Building Supply was a perfect little mom and pop shop, providing for the needs of locals who were happy to finally enjoy services in the valley.

Bob initially wanted to purchase the John Eaton (Valley Rescue) building that he had been renting and was in the process of purchasing when his father, who had a legal background, noted that there was a discrepancy between the survey maps and the purchase & sale descriptions. The maps showed the parcel around the building, while the purchase & sale documents described the building lot only. As Bob continued with conversations about the Eaton property, he was approached by the daughter of the abutting property owner.

The abutting property was an old sawmill that was owned by Ethan Allen Furniture, called the Earl Cone Sawmill. Bob decided he would purchase the sawmill in addition to the John Eaton building, but as he worked through the details, John Eaton brought in a surveyor, who ended up purchasing the building that Bob had hoped to buy. Bob ended up finally purchasing a portion of the Ethan Allen lot on March of 1987.

In 2008, Bob began talking about selling both the Hancock and Brandon locations. When Lang Durfee of Bethel Mills heard from a mutual friend that Bob might be interested in selling, he approached Bob to discuss an offer. After several months, on June 2, 2008, both Brandon Lumber & Millwork and Hancock Building Supply were sold to Durfee and, fortunately, Bob Read stayed on to work at the Brandon location.

Since then, Hancock Lumber has continued to serve the valley that includes Granville, Hancock, and Rochester, but is now able to deliver bulk supplies to contractors and customers using the Bethel Mills fleet of trucks.

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