) l to r David Nordstrom, Cllr Harry Trueman of Sunderland City Council,  Lynne Nellis and Alan Nordstrom. 2 l to r: Lynne Nellis, Cllr Harry Trueman of Sunderland City Council, Alan Norsdstrom and David Nordstrom. 3 l to r: Alan Nordstrom, David Nordstrom, Cllr Harry Trueman, Sunderland City Council and Lynne Nellis

North East timber firm branches out with major expansion

A family-owned timber merchant which has operated in Sunderland for almost 65 years has doubled in size and invested in new premises in the heart of the city amid growing customer demand.

Sunderland-based Nordstrom Timber recently moved into a 60,000 sq. ft. site on Woodbine Street, Hendon, which is almost double the size of its former home nearby.

The business has also invested significantly in developing its new headquarters to better service its customers, creating a larger timber yard, joiner shop and showroom and creating new jobs in the process.

It has opened a four-bedroom showhome inside the showroom, showcasing many of its products including kitchens and bedrooms, as well as the company’s trademark handmade timber staircases and windows.

The joinery shop has been substantially expanded to produce an array of products from stairs and windows to porches and frames. Several new pieces of state-of-the-art equipment have also been installed at the site, with more to follow this year, to support Nordstrom’s bespoke timber machining service.

The expansive timber yard, with its dedicated car park, enables a wider product range and improved stock levels, from skirtings and dado rails, fencing and decking to sheet materials and graded timbers.

Nordstrom was originally founded on Sunderland’s Nile Street by Herman Nordstrom in 1953 and today remains the largest independent timber merchant in the city.

Alan Nordstrom, Herman’s son, continues to work in the business alongside his own son David Nordstrom and daughter, Lynne Nellis.

Alan Nordstrom said: “The move was essential to the business and its customers’ needs, with the new showhome playing a vital role its ongoing success.

“Everything displayed in the house is either made here on site or can be purchased from our timber yard and sales counter.”

“Customers can now see all our products in one place, be inspired and see how versatile timber can be. Our staff have a wealth of knowledge and I think people still like the idea of coming in and actually speaking with someone, unlike shopping online. Trade customers also appreciate the fact that all our timber products are under cover and they can drive in and load up.”

Cllr Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, who visited the company recently, said: “Nordstrom is a fantastic business, manufacturing high quality products and committed to its future in Sunderland after 65 years of doing business in the city. It’s a great vote of confidence from a thriving business.”

Nordstrom sells to both trade customers and the general public; and is also proud to be involved in local projects, such as football stadiums, town halls, museums and housing developments.

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