Verde Heritage 1971: Babbitt’s Cottonwood Lumber | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Verde Heritage 1971: Babbitt’s Cottonwood Lumber | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

“Babbitt’s Cottonwood Lumber will celebrate a grand opening tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday at it’s new location on Cottonwood Street [now, the 89A Bypass], off U.S. 89A.”

“The manager of the big, modern, handsome and highly functional facility is Mike Medgovich, who said highlights of the two-day event will be refreshments, favors, door prizes and drawings for valuable prizes, including paneling, doors and Fuller paints.”

“Mike Medigovich was owner of the Cottonwood Lumber Company, when it was purchased by Babbitt’s June 1, 1969, and has been manager since that time. He had been acssociated with Cottonwood Lumber since July 1, 1934.”

“Considered to be one of the finest lumber yards in the southwest, the new Babbitt’s Cottonwood Lumber is built to provide the most modern methods of merchandise handling for any building project.”

“‘The investment here indicates our great confidence in the growth of the Verde Valley,’ said a spokesman for Babbitt’s Flagstaff facility.”

“Herman Langford is the assistant manager of the new store. The office manager is Fred Thomas, who has been with Babbitt’s 7 years in their Flagstaff office. The bookkeeper is Sharon Shelby.”

“The main building has 22,000 square feet, including a front hardware and building supplies store of 8,000 square feet. From the front of the yard to the back fence is 336 feet and the length of the storage yard across the back is 500 feet. The main lumber shed runs 200 feet and there is a saw and pipe shed. A planing shop and cabinet shop is being completed.” … “Babbitt’s has gone all-out to make the Cottonwood yard its largest and best in order to serve the fast growing Verde Valley.”

“The store…

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