Golden State Lumber Building Business on Diamond Blvd & Burnett Ave. in Concord

June 12, 2014 8:00 am · 45 comments

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Golden State Lumber is planning to open a lumberyard on Diamond Blvd. & Burnett Ave. in Concord.

The lot, which has been vacant for many years, formerly housed a car dealership.

The proposed building will be a 73,938 square-foot enclosed lumberyard, retail showroom, and offices on a 3.5-acre site at 2180 Diamond Blvd.

Blink June 12, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Wow….one stop quality resource

Winston June 12, 2014 at 8:23 AM

A huge improvement over a vacant lot. The project would already be underway if the city hadn’t made them jump through so many hoops. We need to be more business friendly in this town.

Home Depot isn't happy. June 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM

But I sure am.

HmmMMMMm June 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

This is great news. Dolans has become very expensive these days!

Great news ! June 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Any buisness other than restaurants is progress.

BagsFlyFree June 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Seems like a good fit with Home Depot a couple blocks away.. Obviously not the Olive Garden megaplex we were all hoping for, but that space was a dustbowl for years.

Antler June 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM

This was formerly the location of Chrysler-Jeep.

The City of Concord website states that the property is 4.5 acres, which seems at least a little bit more logical for a functioning lumber yard. I would like to know whether the lumber they will receive has already been pre-dressed at another plant.

ClayDen June 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

I hope they have other than “construction lumber.” We need a good source for hardwoods and cabinet grade plywood for us amateur furniture makers without having to drive to Berkeley.

Wildcat June 12, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Aw, another place for cheap labor to hang out.

KenInConcord June 12, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Depot Killer!!!!!

@Antler, #7------Is there a difference June 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

between dressed and pre-dressed?

Ken June 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

This is good news!
With Piedmont Lumber closed, going to Dolans was the best option if you didn’t want to spend an hour trying to find wood that wasn’t warped, knotted or damaged. Not a big fan of the service in their Concord store…at all.

Dave June 12, 2014 at 9:46 AM

YES YES YES . Your right on the money Clayden we need a good hardwood lumber yard out this way. Lets hope the have a good hardwood section for us amateur hobby home woodworking guys.

Fumunda June 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Good sign for the economy. Ashby lumber is probably not happy.
GS lumbers a big supplier for big projects , Getting ready for navel weapons development I would assume.

MR. MARCUS June 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Thats good. Concord need more jobs and people who work. Concord needs to get rid of those people on welfare that congregate near 4 corners and detriot. Clean this city up already.

Buster June 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Great place to hang out in front of if your a day labor.
Should be a big plus to the area, fits right in with the Hilton and other businesses along Diamond. Are you kidding?

Anon June 12, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Expect to see some Dolans employees move over to Golden State.

Anon-E-Cat June 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM

@ClayDen – Try Rockler – they have a great selection of higher end wood products.

Nice Nancy June 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Good place to get your lumber.

warbirds45 June 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

They will carry a wide variety of hardwoods, I heard they are going to carry Morning Wood!
Looks like it will be a great place for the “Tool Time Guys!

BagsFlyFree June 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

@ Buster.. We never saw the W/Hyatt want to move into this space or have the city attempt to develop it out, so someone else had to. This area is in a general commercial space, so i’m not sure where we all dream up that Concord is a big lodging destination when WC itself hasn’t added any locations in eons. If any space should become new lodging, it should be on Willow Pass near Waterworld or an extension of the golf course off Port Chicago as the CNWS gets built out.

BFF Out!

When is June 12, 2014 at 12:13 PM

something besides RETAIL going to take up space?? We need manufacturing jobs, not just a place that sells things and employs folks for “bargain basement wages” (aka “minimum wage”).

Bill June 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Um, Dolans, Ashby, OSH, Home Depot, and Lowes are all within a 5 minute drive… Why on earth would I want to fight the city traffic to visit the same thing I can get several other places with no traffic involved?? Whatever Concord, if this falls within the “Master Plan” I’m worried about your future!!

Han Solo June 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM

What no Olive Garden ???? LOL…..

AldrigeFamily June 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM

of course readers here would find fault in this place going up, one minute there isn’t much choice the next there is too much…You do know this a Lumber store so its only real counterpart is Dolans. Check out the website I think this place looks great.

Dr. Doc, PHD June 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

There is nothing we like seeing more than cheap steel buildings with 25-foot tall lumber racks.They’d better have a truck traffic control plan for loading off the streets..

Will they have 50-foot inflatable gorillas like Mitsubishi and Toyota? They are soooo classy!

There’s nothing like those things that makes me wanna buy a new vehicle.

soconcordresient June 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

@Bill, what do you suggest? Keeping an empty, extremely ugly lot there with a wire fence around it? Tax revenue and located in a great place for this type of business. This is no where near homes and have you really seen the traffic in that location?…oh yeah..there is none. Anyway, exciting to see a new business enter Concord, and a new building.

Bill, there are plenty of other things to worry about in Concord that we may agree upon. This certainly isn’t an issue.

Don P - N. Concord June 12, 2014 at 1:18 PM


When are you going to take action and make that happen? Real easy to sit around and blame everyone else for not doing it. I would also imagine they aren’t going to pay minimum wage, even home depot pays decent for retail.

jtkatec June 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Dolans, Ashby, OSH, Home Depot, and Lowes – all VERY different. Not all products sold at each of these stores and quality of products vary at each one of these. Each store has a different approach to staffing and service. For something’s I could only go to OSH, for other items Home Depot, for plumbing I go to Standard Plumbing as that is all they sell is plumbing

AnonB June 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Ashby Lumber has the best customer service!!

Phineas June 12, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Might need a new approach to buchanan other than burnett. Golden State San Rafael. Exit the freeway onto crowded street traffic. the sidewalk is dotted with day labor drawn by the lure of two lumberyards close together, similar to this setup. Unlucky for the Clarion and the auto businesses.

Buster June 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

#30 AnonB I agree about the service there. Dolans also has good service and gives back to the community. This is the wrong place for a large outdoor lumber yard. IMHO
Forklifts, trucks, the sound of large saws cutting lumber will not help the auto dealer sale cars next door.

unknown June 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I hope they don’t get the same guy who designed the Concord’s Home Depot parking lot!

The Original Mr. Anon E. Mouse June 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM

WOW! A quality business that’s not a 99¢ discount-type store?
How did the nitwits at 1950 Parkside let this one slip by!
Good, I’ve been looking for an astragal to finish the master suite double doors like forever!
When’s the grand opening?

Andy Garcia June 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM

I can’t wait!!!!

Anon June 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM
People with College Degree have No Commen Sense June 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

@ comment 28 home depot doesn’t pay their associates anything, it may be over minimum but its not very much more. Home Depot has become more concerned about selling credits then taking care of their associates. Believe me, I Work for them

scrub June 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Wonderful. The more hardware/building materials stores, the better. Seriously. Maybe it’s a guy thing

Btw, regarding day laborers camping outside Home Depots: Concord has ’em. El Cerrito has ’em. Emeryville has zero. I’m assuming they have a city policy, administered by their police, that disallows such activity. Better living through government.

james June 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I hope they use local contractors for some of the work unlike when the Mall Safeway went up.

Nothing pisses me off more than seeing out of state trades on these projects.

nytemuvr June 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

They should call it Diamond National Lumber “North” for that retro feel. With pin-up girl calendars in the yard office, like the old Diamond National Lumber yard back in “the old days”.

Bark chewer June 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

We all ready have Home Depot, Lowes, and at least 3-4 other lumber yards! I would love to see Concord bring in other dinning estasblements, driving out to Brentwood or parts of Antioch is a drag. Also it seems it would be nice to have a new grocery store to replace the ones that have been closed in Concord!

@Bark Chewer June 13, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I can’t think of any restaurants in Antioch or Brentwood I would drive to – Berkeley or Oakland, sure, but East County. Maybe if you REALLY need your Red Lobster or Olive Garden.

Anon June 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

New companies are coming to the area and region. Wouldn’t be coming here unless the economy here is thriving.

Bill June 13, 2014 at 4:57 PM

@ soconcordresident #27.., who cares? It will be gone in a couple of years or run one of the others out of business! So much for tax revenue in that case.. Either way, I won’t be fighting traffic to get there, so I really don’t care!! If Concord can’t find a business to take a large 680 adjacent lot then the problem is bigger than having 6 lumber yards in a 4 mile radius!! BTW, there’s plenty of traffic getting off the freeway and especially on Diamond turning to Concord Blvd.! Whatever, I just think it would be better used as something more unique.

Buzzy V. June 13, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Great looking building which should go very well in that lot. I see many comments, some positive and others which no doubt are from people which have other motives by the text of their posts. Since Piedmont Lumber closed, that left only Ashby, Dolans and Big B in Brentwood to service Contra Costa. I have dealt with all of these companies and all are good companies to work with. Having another Lumber Yard will only provide benefits to the consumer as we have more choices which will force the prices down.

Looking at their website, Golden State Lumber has been around for over 60 years and gives back to every community to which it serves. Having been involved in youth baseball for many years, I called the Managers at Dolans and Ashby looking for a donation of marking lime and could not get either of them to sell it to me just above their cost. But Home Depot sure opened their doors for us and that prompts me to give them most of my business. Piedmont Lumber was always there to help the community, but they did not advertise that they did it. If they could not give me the product, they sold it to me at or below their cost.

Based on what I have read about Golden State, I believe that it will be a great addition to our community. I am assuming that those that believe that there may be a day labor issue believe that those on Monument Blvd. will migrate across town. I have been to the Bay Area Golden State locations and have never seen a day labor in front or near one of their stores. (Based on the pictures, I need to make it out to Stockton, just to see it). I for one, don’t buy it. From people that I have spoken with, Golden State Lumber pays very well and provides great benefits.

Let us all know when the Grand Opening is!

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