HOBOKEN, NJ - The sign on 2nd & Clinton now reads "General Lumber Way," after Mayor Ravi Bhalla was joined by dignitaries on Friday to honor the family-owned business. General Lumber owners Esther and Donald Grauso and staff were there for the celebration, as they've been doing things the “General Lumber Way” on that corner since 1967.
“General Lumber has been, and will continue to be a staple of our community,” said Mayor Bhalla. “Esther, Donald and their staff represent the very best of Hoboken, as a family-owned business that has gone above and beyond to literally build up our mile square into the great place it is today. The honorary street renaming is a small token of our appreciation for everything they’ve done, and we look forward to their next 50 years in business!”
Joining Mayor Bhalla and General Lumber for the ceremony was Freeholder Anthony Romano, who had advocated for the honorary street renaming, as well as Councilmembers Emily Jabbour and Phil Cohen.
“On behalf of General Lumber, we want to thank the City of Hoboken for recognizing the contributions of our family owned business,” said Ms. Grauso. “For over 50 years, General Lumber has been a mainstay of Hoboken residents and families. We have been, and always will be there for the community during times of need, and look forward to many more years of serving the people of Hoboken.”
Paul Lopes, Esther’s father, along with Robert Drasheff purchased General Lumber in 1967, which had been in operation since the 1930s. In 1986, Esther and Donald took on the role of owners. Since that time, General Lumber has been providing services for Hoboken, and has played a central role in helping the City rebuild buildings and homes after hurricanes, floods, fires, and other natural disasters. After Hurricane Sandy, General Lumber was instrumental in assisting the Hoboken American Legion Post 107 initially reclaim their headquarters a block away. Most recently, General Lumber worked with businesses to supply wood and building materials for parklets and streateries for local businesses to operate under COVID restrictions.
Roots for the Lopes Family run deep in Hoboken, having immigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1900s, and raised three generations in the Mile Square City. Two of Esther’s three children, Jenna and Jessica currently live in Hoboken. Jenna is currently a kindergarten teacher at Brandt School, while Jessica is a real estate agent in Hoboken.
General Lumber is full-service hardware store located at 200 Clinton Street (on the corner of 2nd) in Hoboken.
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