Orison Swett Marden once said, “The golden rule for every businessman is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.” Mr. James E. Park, Sr. had just that philosophy when he opened the doors to Park Supply Company in July of 1963 in Huntsville, Alabama. He believed that if he treated people like he wanted to be treated then Park Supply would be successful, and he was right. Park Supply has continued to operate under this same founding principle throughout the years.
Today three long term employees, Rusty Dinwiddie, Mark Stephens and Jimbo Saunders, mentored by Mr. Park and the Park family, own and operate Park Supply Company. Through the years Park Supply has changed and adapted to changes in the economy, the many trends that have come and gone and most recently the ongoing Covid pandemic and along the way has continued to thrive. As the building industry continues to grow toward the west, we feel to successfully meet that demand, opening a second store was the next logical step.
In the summer of 2019, the owners decided to follow the growth and started to explore options in the Athens market. With new large-scale businesses coming to the surrounding area, Limestone County is making its mark as one of the fastest growing counties in North Alabama. We already have a lot of customers from the Athens area, and we make deliveries here almost daily. It just makes sense for us to plant our roots here and become part of this community. Plus, the fact that it still has that great small hometown charm is something we knew we wanted to be a part of.
After looking at several properties in the Athens area the owners decided to purchase the Collins Building located on US 72. We like the fact that Collins Supply was started as a family owned and operated business like ourselves. We know what an empty hole it must have left in Athens when the Collins family decided to shut the doors after 56 years in business. We are thrilled to announce that Jon Collins has joined our team and we look forward to getting him back to his old stomping grounds and seeing all the familiar faces that used to shop with his family’s business.
A lot of planning and design has gone into transforming this 23,000 square foot building into Park Supply Company. When you drive by you will notice that the exterior façade is getting a major facelift, and the interior is getting transformed as well. As you enter the main door you will step into 10,000 square feet of retail space which will include plumbing, hardware, lawn and garden supplies, tools, seasonal items and much more! The west end of the building will encompass a 6,500 square foot Kitchen and Bath Plumbing Showroom. It will be complete with interactive displays which include a working shower with multiple showerheads, a working toilet display to demonstrate various flushing systems and a working faucet display that includes faucets that operate with Alexa and Google devices. We carry all the big brand names such as Kohler, Delta, Brizo, Moen and Gerber to name a few. The east end of the building will be a 3,000 square foot Pro Counter area for the Plumbing trade and will have brands you know and trust like Rinnai, Milwaukee, Lenox, Ridgid, Diablo and more. The Pro Counter will allow plumbers to place their orders, grab a cup of coffee and get in and out in a timely manner to get to their jobsites.
We anticipate having a grand opening sometime this fall. We are looking forward to getting to know the people of Athens in a new way and can not wait to see where this journey takes us.