Since 1944, Quigley’s Building Supply has been providing do-it yourselfers and building professionals with quality products and services. As a major retail lumber and building supply business serving Fort Kent and Aroostook County.
Quigley’s Building Supply dates back to January of 1944 when George T. Quigley bought the existing H.W. Coffin Lumber & Building Materials store. In 1944 when George T. Quigley purchased H.W. Coffin Lumber & Building Materials, he bought the land the store resided on, the store and its entire inventory. He also acquired the lumberyard and use of the road, all purchased for $6,806.90. George T. Quigley operated the business for only 9 years before he passed away at the age of 52. His son Donald Quigley quickly assumed responsibility when he was in his early 20’s, essentially building the Quigley’s name to what it is today.
Donald would not only become a major supplier of building materials for the area, but he also became the general contractor for some of Fort Kent’s largest projects, such as the building the Fort Kent Community High School, Pinkham Lumber Mill in Ashland and some of the buildings at the University of Maine Fort Kent. Donald married Doris Robichaud and together they had four girls Peggy, Donna, Karen, and Colleen. In 1975, Donald built an entire new store, directly behind the original one, not closing for one day during construction.
This new structure is the bigger, more modern structure that you see today. The new expansion was 60’ x 120’ with more than 7,000 square feet of retail space. In the late 70’s, Karen married Norman “Bim” Ouellette and he began his work at Quigley’s in 1976. As Donald approached retirement, Bim assumed more responsibility and eventually became Manager in the 80’s and subsequently became the owner. Bim improved Quigley’s by finishing the second floor of the store and doubling its retail space.
In 2001, Bim would have to make the difficult decision of changing co-ops from True Value (whom they were a part of for nearly 25 years) to Do it Best Corp. Do it Best represents 4,100 independently owned hardware and home improvement retailers. They are the only full-line, full-service buying cooperative in the hardware, lumb