Historic Charleston, S.C. Lumberyard Closing

Hughes Lumber Building SupplyHughes Lumber & Building Supply in Charleston, S.C., will start a liquidation sale this week, with plans to close Dec. 1.  The family-owned business will be sold to make way for redevelopment plans, The Post and Courier reports.

Co-owner Edward Burn told the The Post and Courier that the store’s employees will either be relocated to a Mount Pleasant location, or have found jobs elsewhere after the store closes. “I hate that we are leaving the great citizens of Charleston,” Burn said. “Hopefully, at the end it will be a good thing for everybody.”

Burn said that no decision has been made as to whether the company will rebuild elsewhere.

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Plans for the site call for a block-long development of 33 apartments, ground-floor retail and a 590-space parking deck.

Hughes Lumber & Building Supply was founded in 1888, according to the company’s website. The Burn family bought into the company in 1910. Edward and John Burn are the third generation owners of the business. The family also operates Hughes Equipment and Party Rental in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.