About

About

Ashby Lumber is a retail lumberyard serving the entire Bay Area with stores in Berkeley and Concord. We are uniquely situated to serve Alameda and Contra Costa counties as Ashby Lumber is the only lumber retailer with full size yards in both counties.

In an age of increasingly impersonal service, the employees of Ashby Lumber are unique as they are genuinely helpful and interested. This has allowed Ashby Lumber to prosper in an era of box retailing.

In addition to customer service, our competitive pricing, broad selection, and quality materials keep customers coming back. Ashby Lumber sells both contractors and homeowners everything from foundation materials to finish products. We will special order just about anything you need and are experts in this area. We invite you to visit either of our locations or let any of our fifteen delivery trucks bring materials to you.

“I’d rather serve one customer 1,000 times than 1,000 customers only once,” was the motto of Thomas P. Hogan, founder of Ashby Lumber, and remains Ashby Lumber’s standard for service today.

HISTORY

Thomas P. Hogan Sr. founded Hogan Lumber in 1888. The offices and yard were located between First and Second at Alice Street in Oakland.

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Hogan’s wharf and mills at Second and Alice (near Jack London Square) received rough and unfinished lumber carried aboard ships from California, Oregon, and Washington.

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The lumber was milled and finished products were distributed throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, the Hawaiian Islands, and other Pacific areas.

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By 1915, a major part of the business was supplying lumber for the development of Oakland. Hogan Lumber’s Millwork division processed sash, doors, cabinets, plywood, window trim, crating lumber, and other types of lumber for building needs.

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The firm was run by Thomas P. Hogan Jr. upon Thomas P. Hogan Sr.’s retirement, and, finally, by his son, Thomas P. Hogan III. The yard closed in 1962.

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With a desire to be back at the helm, Thomas P. Hogan III purchased Ashby Lumber on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley in 1968. With dedication, hard work, and a love of the business, Tom Hogan guided Ashby Lumber’s growth for 16 years. When he passed away suddenly in 1984, his son, Jeffrey Hogan, and daughter, Kathleen Hogan Brown, took over the running of the business.

In 1988, Ashby Lumber purchased a second yard in Pleasant Hill to expand services to Contra Costa County. In 2003, this yard was moved to a wonderful new 5 acre facility on Arnold Industrial Way in Concord.