From our humble beginnings in 1970 through four expansions, including two new locations, Econo Lumber has grown to be a prominent successful business in Northern Saskatchewan.

In 1970, Vic Lemieux, a partner and two silent partners opened the doors to Econo Lumber, originally situated at 15th Street East and 6th Avenue East in Prince Albert. Since 1984, after relocating to 1800 6th Avenue East, our business has undergone three major expansions growing from the original 1,130 sq.ft. to today's 75,000 sq.ft. on 8.5 acres. View our timeline below for our history and some information about Econo Lumber.  
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  • The Beginning

    1970s





    Vic decided what his personal version of "getting there" meant and - how's this for confidence? - mortgaged just about everything to do it.

    He wanted to be his own boss, to direct his own show in life and wanted to do it in Saskatchewan. He and his partner knew there was a need for another lumber yard in Prince Albert and they both knew the business. With years of experience and knowledge as a solid foundation, the two entrepreneurs jumped in feet first. They're staying in too, because the water's fine, business is good and they're achieving their goals.

    Vic is turning a dream into a reality. For him, this doesn't mean getting big. It does mean living a chosen life style.

    1972

    Vic Lemieux

  • 1970-1976

    598 - 15th St East

    Econo Lumber's original location on 15th Street had 1,130 sq.ft. of indoor storage.





    In 1976 Econo Lumber moved to larger 8,650 sq.ft. facilities across the street at 600 15th St East.

    The business would see a need for much more ambitious expansion, and Econo moved to our present location on 8.5 acres in 1984.

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  • The 80s

    Econo Lumber - Bigger & Better

    • New Larger Location

    The 80s brought big expansion and a move for Econo Lumber to our present location at 1800 6th Avenue East.

    Our new location featured a new 18600 sq.ft. store, situated on 8.49 acres, providing better service for our customers and more space for our growing staff.

    Throughout the 80s we continued to expand, adding more warehouse space and expanding our yard.

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    Econo Lumber from the air (~1987) Econo Lumber The 80s_3
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    Econo Lumber new location: 1986

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  • The 90s

    Econo grows and adds new management

    • New Larger Building

    Econo Lumber continued to grow and prosper through the 90s and saw the promotion of salesman Luc April to Business Manager and Curtis Lemieux to General Manager (would later become owner).

    We built a new store right over our old building expanding our floorspace an additional 8,650 sq.ft. We expanded our serviceable yard, added an additional 8,000 sq.ft. of warehouse space, expanded our delivery fleet, branched into additional northern markets with satellite stores, and added a couple dozen new staff!

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  • 2000 Onward

    Expansion and Growth

    • New Drive Thru Warehouse

    Econo Lumber saw rapid expansion in the new millennium. We added our first 30,000 sq.ft. drive-thru warehouse in 2005, the first of it's kind in Saskatchewan. Our new drive thru warehouse ensure our building materials are dry and protected from the weather ensuring the highest quality. Our customers can load their products, safe from the elements, year round.

    We intend to further expand our facilities with a second drive thru warehouse sometime in 2013-2014 adding an even wider range of building materials to indoor storage & access.

    Auto Stac System

    Our warehouse includes the latest revolutionary AutoStac system allowing our staff to access and stock products rapidly and safely!