Southeast HVAC News
Johnstone Supply opens in
DAYTONA BEACH — The Volusia-Flagler
area has attracted another national chain.
Johnstone Supply, a Portland, Ore.-based wholesale distributor of
parts and accessories used in heating, air-conditioning and
refrigeration equipment, has opened a store — its first in Volusia
County — at 1871 Mason Ave. in Daytona Beach.
The 33,000-square-foot building, on the corner of Fentress Boulevard
and Mason was previously an AO Precision Manufacturing plant and has
been vacant since June 2010 when AO, needing more space, moved to
its present location across the street.
Robert Smith, manager of the new Johnstone Supply store, said his
company only sells products to licensed HVAC contractors. The store,
which opened this week, has four employees.
Smith said the Daytona Beach location is a perfect fit to his
company’s plans as it complements its larger distribution centers in
Orlando and Jacksonville. Its closest distribution center is in
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“We want to build a
complete distribution channel along Central and North Florida,”
he said. Smith said his company intends to be “the leading
independent wholesale supplier in the HVAC industry.”
Founded in 1953, Johnstone Supply has more than 370 locations
throughout the country and generates approximately $1.3 billion
dollars in annual sales, according to its website. Most of its
stores are franchise-owned.
Budd Severino, the owner of the building where Johnstone now has
its Daytona Beach store, said he is glad to have the national
chain as a tenant.
Local builder Bob Fitzsimmons, president of the Volusia Building
Industry Association and CEO of Gallery Homes of DeLand, said
the improving local housing market should make Johnstone a good
fit for the area.
“There was a time in 2007 to 2008 where there were only about
500 homes built in all of the municipalities (in Volusia
County),” said Fitzsimmons. “That number has climbed back up to
1,270 homes in 2013 — that’s dramatically better than worst part
of recession,” he said.
Founded in the early 50’s, the Johnstone Supply Cooperative today
has over 350 locally owned and operated stores and reaches across
the entire nation. Johnstone Supply sells the premiere brands in
the HVAC/R industry, has sales of more than $1,000,000,000 and is
serviced by 5 distribution centers.
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