Downtown lumberyard carves out niche selling hard-to-find woods

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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 5:30 pm | Updated: 11:13 am, Tue Apr 15, 2014.

Alpine Builders Supply Company Inc. has been selling high-quality lumber out of downtown Santa Fe for the past 50 years, but many wouldn’t know it.

Owner Jim George, who has run the business since the 1970s, said he has intentionally kept a low profile, which has seemingly worked for him, given that he’s still in business along with wife Karen and son Jamie.

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  • Destiny Baca posted at 6:54 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    destiny baca Posts: 48

    If they did that they couldn't compete with the bigger places in Albuquerque. Just bring cash or a check.

  • Destiny Baca posted at 6:50 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    destiny baca Posts: 48

    It is a very nice store with extremely nice and knowledgeable employees. It is our one choice in santa feel for materials.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:16 am on Tue, Apr 15, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Seems like a neat little place. I've never heard of it or noticed it, but I think I'm gonna have to check it out in the near future.

  • Steve Spraitz posted at 11:06 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    tilesteve Posts: 15

    I'm With Jim, Karen, and Jamie.
    NO CREDIT Cards. 3.9% Rate per 100 bucks or higher, plus a transaction fee.
    and customers scream about mileage points,,Our profit margins[ small biz owners] are so low already, the whiners can pay for the swipe fee, and transaction fee to get their miles as an 'alternate transaction fee'
    ever see signs that say no credit card or debit card transactions less than $5.00 due to high processing fees.
    a Chicago dog is 8 bucks, a former bobcat bite meal will set you back 20 bucks, a Tesuque village market burger with all the trimmings including grilled onions is 34 bucks,
    only people that can afford that are alleged illegals getting cash draws from EBT OK, ATM'S at Liquor stores and Casinos.

  • Rod Oldehoeft posted at 8:46 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Rod Oldehoeft Posts: 23

    A treasure in Santa Fe. When you need just the right species of wood, cut and milled to your needs, no one else can do that for you. Also some fine special tools. So also buy their wood finishes and hardware items off the shelf to keep them around!

    As mentioned, they do not do credit cards, but I've been able to pay cash for my purchases.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 6:12 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 573

    Great to have them around. An impressive range of big planks and beams await your viewing, to stir your constructive imagination. I do think it could be in their interest to accept credit-cards, and add the extra percent to the total sale. That's more likely to facilitate a larger purchase, for various reasons.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 5:45 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 431

    Hah! I always wondered about their receipts! The company I work for purchases from the sometimes. Love that they had rotary dial phones until recently. A great article about a great business that has managed to stay a-float.


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