Northwest NEWS

August 24, 1998

Editorial

Knoll looks to the future

   Unfortunately, the article printed in the Aug. 10 edition on the purchase of Knoll Lumber and Hardware's property by the Fire Department failed to fairly represent Knoll Lumber's side of the story. The CEO of the company was only provided two days to respond. The lack of response on the part of Knoll Lumber was not due to lack of interest.
  
   Yes, the company is negotiating to sell that property to the Fire Department but this is not due to going out of business. Knoll Lumber has been located in north King County for 53 years. In that time, there have been numerous changes in the market place as well as the company. Recently, management decided to better allocate its resources to the professional builder end of the market. In so doing, Knoll has shed itself of expensive real estate holdings and is negotiating to open small satellite stores located in the growing east side of both King and Snohomish counties. A centralized Dispatch Center will be located in the Maltby area allowing the shipping to be centered in a less populated area. Knoll Lumber will be better able to offer the serious and/or professional builder dependable service at wholesale prices.
  
   It is this company's intention to put its resources into providing dependable service with a full line of lumber and hardware for the professional; that means cutting the expense of commercial real estate and fancy displays for which ultimately, the consumer must pay.
  
   That simply is Knoll Lumber's story. For a company that has contributed so much to the community in which it has been for over 50 years.
   Victoria Knoll