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Mid Cape Home Centers - Building Supply
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Mid Cape Home Centers - Building Supply

In 1895, at the age of 29 our seafaring founder, Captain Oscar C. Nickerson, gave up command of the schooner Abel W. Parker, carried his sea chest onshore, and purchased the Kelley and Eldredge Lumber Co. in Chatham... the beginning of what was later to become Nickerson Lumber Company.

With schooners delivering lumber to Stage Harbor and the Chatham Railroad, he and three employees operated the business, shipping out lumber salvaged from shipwrecks on Cape Cod and although they kept no record of business, they had fairly good trade. The first full year of sales totaled $9,200.

In 1916, the Eldredge Lumber, Feed and Coal business in Orleans was acquired and operated as Nickerson Lumber and Supply Company. The business was incorporated as Nickerson Lumber Co. in 1920, the same year lumber from the west coast shipped via the new Panama Canal and began to appear on the east coast.

In 1922, Oscar’s son, Joshua A. Nickerson, joined the Company and in 1924 the Company expanded operations through the purchase of the Oliver Lumberyard in Wellfleet.

The Company survived a depression in 1921, a nationwide economic collapse in the 1930’s and severe business problems because of World War II. In 1935, Joshua A. Nickerson assumed the chief executive’s position and was the force behind major renovations at the Orleans location, making the Company a recognized leader in the retail lumber and building materials industry.

J. A. Nickerson, Jr. (Jan) joined the Company in 1958 and the single most important growth measure in the Company’s history came in 1962, with the establishment of the first Mid-Cape Center in South Dennis as a “cash and carry” operation. In 1967, the Hyannis Mid-Cape Center opened as the first drive-through, self-service yard in New England. In 1970, Jan Nickerson became President and oversaw a number of new store openings through the mid 1970’s, expanding service territory into Pocasset, Martha’s Vineyard and the South Shore. In 1985, the word “Home” was added to the Company name as Mid-Cape Home Centers further defined our goals in the consumer and contractor markets.

In the 1990’s, Mid-Cape Home Centers strengthened support for contractors through development of our Contractors Services Department. We increased emphasis on Kitchen & Bath sales by enlarging and remodeling in-store showrooms. In 2001, we established two stand alone Kitchen & Bath Design Centers in Plymouth and Wellfleet and in 2002 we continued this emphasis through the purchase of The Countertop Shop in South Yarmouth.

We extended our family of companies with the establishment of two high end complete home design showrooms. Complete Home Concepts in Hyannis opened in 2003 and “Complete Home Concepts” in Plymouth opened in 2006.

Never one to rest on our laurels, in 2005, we purchased two building supply locations in Kingston and Middleboro to complement our Complete Home Concepts location in Plymouth, and to strengthen our position in Southeastern Massachusetts including the Cape & Islands.

Due to the recessing economy, in 2009 the Company closed the Kingston location and in 2010 closed the Hyannis retail location on Beares Way. Towards the end of that 2009, the two Complete Home Concepts, located in Plymouth and Hyannis, added Contractor Sales Departments and underwent a name change to “Mid-Cape Home Centers Design Showroom.”

Throughout our history, we have continued to strive for innovation and progress. The Nickerson Companies has taken a leadership role in the industry by offering our customers many new services including e-commerce, e-showrooms, online calendar and email newsletters. We have partnered with organizations to promote “Smart Building” and environmentally-friendly building practices. Mid-Cape Home Centers' events range from product knowledge seminars, business assistance workshops, in-store demos and customer relations outings.

The Nickerson Lumber Company and its divisions remain dedicated to meeting the needs of its contractor and retail customers... in the past, present and in the future.

In the beginning of April 2012, Nickerson Lumber Company, dba Mid-Cape Home Centers was purchased by Mr. Jeff Plank from Joshua (Jan) Nickerson. Mr. Nickerson is the last Nickerson in a line of succession and opted to explore selling the business as the most effective way to provide continued employment to its many employees as well as continuity to the Cape Cod community. “When you represent the third generation, and there is no heir, it is important to plan for succession. As I told the employees and managers it would have been easier not to plan, but then my estate would have liquidated the business and sold the assets. This alternative was unconscionable for me, because the employees would have been displaced and that would have a devastating effect on Cape Cod. This option was the best for the continuity of the business, the health and welfare of the employees, and for me, personally.”

Mr. Plank grew up driving trucks for a family owned business in the industrial gas/welding supply distribution business outside of Boston. He graduated from Middlebury College and became a CPA with Peat Marwick. He has owned and operated several successful companies and very much looks forward to leading Mid-Cape Home Centers to their next phase of “firsts." “I respect the history and culture that has been built not only by the Nickerson family, but the company’s employees over the years. It has been a dream of mine for some time to own a business such as this one, and I can assure contractors and patrons alike that Mid-Cape Home Centers will continue to be competitive and serve their needs while focusing on future growth and stability,” said Mr. Plank, “I plan to continue Mid-Cape’s commitment to the greater Cape Cod community. As far as I’m concerned its full speed ahead!”

In May 2012, Mid-Cape Home Centers rolled out a new company logo. In September 2012, Mid-Cape Home Centers announced the new partnership with a building materials supply business in the Boston area called New England Building Supply, owned and operated by Russ Smith and Tony Ciampaglio. Mid-Cape Home Centers believes this new business partnership will open the door to many new opportunities and further grow business. Russ and Tony collectively have over 50 years of experience in running building materials businesses. The Companies will not be combined but will work closely with each other to ensure sustainable success. The goals of combined buying power with vendors, leveraging industry knowledge and utilizing relationships with Boston contractors who do work in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod will benefit both companies.

In November 2014, Jack Stevenson was promoted from General Manager to President of Mid-Cape Home Centers. Jack has grown up in the building materials business and has worked in and/or managed virtually every position that is involved in our industry. He grew up in Bayfield, Wisconsin, where his family owned the local lumber yard.  Jack was introduced to the key roles that everyone has in our business at a very early age. Through dedication and hard work, Jack has grown from the small world of northern Wisconsin to the national scene dealing with National Builders as well as managing multiple yards in multiple States.

The Mid-Cape Home Centers’ store locations are close to all Cape Cod, the Islands and Southern Massachusetts towns and villages: Aquinnah, Barnstable, Bourne,
Brewster, Buzzards Bay, Centerville, Chatham, Chilmark, Cotuit, Craigville, Dennis, Dennisport, Eastham, Edgartown, Falmouth, Harwich, Harwich Port, Hyannis, Hyannisport,
Marstons Mills, Mashpee, Middleboro, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Osterville, Plymouth, Provincetown, Sandwich, Tisbury, Truro, Vineyard Haven, Wareham, Woods Hole and Yarmouth.