Granville businesses preparing to relocate

Posted May 08, 2009, at 10:23 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — For many years, Ned Jennings operated three separate businesses in Holden under the Granville name: Granville Lumber, Granville Stone and Hearth, and Granville Rental.

When Jennings sold the lumber part of his business two years ago to Rhodes Buildings Products Inc., it was a calculated move. With the sale, he said he could focus more on the stone and rental aspects of Granville. It also gave him the opportunity to relocate his business and create a new identity, even if it didn’t happen right away.

Jennings announced this week that he is in the process of moving Granville Rental, and Granville Stone and Hearth to a 15-acre property a few miles from the current location on U.S. Route 1A.

“We’ll be moving a little closer to Brewer,” he said. “We’ve had the property for a little while and this was a good time to do it.”

Jennings said the final relocation probably wouldn’t be complete until August or September. The new space will include a showroom and warehouse with good visibility off Route 1A. The owner and his 22 employees hope the new location brings new business.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity,” Jennings said. “Our employees are very valuable and we’re trying to build a future for them as well.”

Granville Rental offers options for weddings, parties and other events, including chairs, tables and children’s entertainment. Granville Stone and Hearth offers what Jennings called “landscaping products that don’t live,” meaning stone, granite and other decorative items, as well as alternative heating equipment.

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