Posted: 04/22/2010 06:00:00 AM PDT
Tim Perry and Mike Goodnol, co-owners of Pacifica Lumber, will close their doors for the last time on April 30. The company started out 58 years ago in Sharp Park as Sharp Park Lumber. It was owned by Marvin Compton and managed by Bud Perry. Several years later the company expanded with the addition of Suburban Lumber Company, owned by Donald Perry and Marvin Compton. In 1962, Pacifica Lumber was built at its current Highway 1 location with Bud Perry continuing on as manager. In the '70s, Bud became the owner, teaming up with another relative, Fred Schoenduby. Bud retired in the '80s. In 2001, Schoenduby sold the business to his managers, Mike Goodnol and Tim Perry.
...Tim said the closing of Pacifica Lumber has really spurred him to talk to the community and to speak his mind.
"As the owner of a local business, which has now failed, it has become even more important to clarify the need for Pacifica to rise up again and become a community. The Gusts of Nick's Restaurant and Motel, Hal Ash's Vallemar Station, Bill Meyerhoff's Seaview Tire and Brake, Mike Freutel's Freutel Roofing, and Dave Nannini's Dave & Lou's Service, all business friends, these are businesses owned by second and third generation families who are most loved and have worked in Pacifica for a great many years."
"As Pacifica consumers we have to make good choices that help our friends and neighbors. Do you want to drive to Costco for tires or trust Bill Meyerhoff who personally inspects for safety? Do you want a reheated microwave dinner at Applebee's or a great seafood dinner at Nick's served by someone you might just know? Freutel Roofing is a small family business struggling against low competing bids, a weak economy and high insurance costs, yet, they are there everyday, loyal to the community and backing their work. Dave Nannini, from your local corner service station Dave & Lou's, is there for your Monday morning fill-up, a window cleaning and a brief and friendly chat. That takes the edge off a stressful morning commute. Hal and Barbara Ash get up each morning to make the sauces and soups at Vallemar Station. These businesses have spent all their remodeling dollars at Pacifica Lumber, not because our prices were the cheapest, but because they wanted us to succeed, to build community, like all our great customers have."
"Currently, there is a climate that is eroding Pacifica. The elected officials want higher sales taxes, to float more state bonds and acquire more beach parking for out-of-town surfers. The quarry owner, Don Peebles, was forced to forgo any forward progress for the property he bought in Pacifica. Every time he is on CNBC, which is a lot, hundreds of small towns and cities just like Pacifica call his offices to plead with him to come to their cities to make things happen. If the tax base erodes enough — and the closing of longtime businesses will erode it — then this city will lose its right to be a city. We need better leaders and more of a sense of community."
Posted by Steve Sinai