The digital age is changing the way people shop, and that’s not limited to clothes and books. The century-old family business Chelsea Lumber
is now using digital technology to extend their reach with a new showroom in Dewitt.
“Everything is done with digital imaging, so people come in a select colors and samples,” says John Sabin of Chelsea Lumber’s new Dewitt project center. “We’re open to the public, and they can order lumber, and we can deliver right out of the central hub in Chelsea.”
According to Sabin, the new 800 square foot project center is the first of its kind in the area. The project center currently operates on limited hours and by appointment, but Sabin says he hopes to expand into regular hours soon. Five jobs, including sales and a kitchen and bath specialist, have been added with the new office.
“People are Internet shoppers now,” says Sabin. “They work and they’re busy, so they can come in and do it at the office here, or from their homes. It helps a lot for us to be able to say to people, ‘Hey here’s what you’re looking for, and we’ve got it.’”
The Chelsea Lumber project center opened in Dewitt in May. The office services both residential and commercial customers with projects large and small.