The business – Forestrall Timber & Fencing Merchants – has traded from the Old Woodyard, Watling Street, Bean since 1979. It is a traditional type of merchant serving both public and trade and has maintained its commitment to concentrating wholly on timber and allied products with the aim of remaining the South East’s leading expert on all things timber.
Managing Director Chris Porcas completed a nine year buy-out of the equity of the Bean-based business from two retiring directors in August this year and having seen the business grow some 80% in the past five years felt it was exactly the right time to “branch out.” Looking east, the densely populated Medway towns were seen as a strong growth market and teaming up with a longstanding business contact already based in Gillingham a business plan was formulated to deliver a depot offering identical products and services to the Bean headquarters.
As Chris Porcas says: “Whilst the Bean branch already fares very well serving the Medway towns, customers do not like venturing too far for materials and we felt it important to place ourselves amongst them, but still only twenty minutes travel time from our primary operation. We have very strong demand for products like railway sleepers, decking, mouldings, boards and our quick turnaround cutting and milling service. Given that we supply both public and trade and we have a larger delivery fleet than most we feel strongly we can be the friend of the Medway towns when it comes to timber needs. Our various online shops even remove the need for people to come into store if they are short on time.”
The new branch is expected to open on 1st December 2015 in Lidsing Road, Gillingham (ME7 3NH). Please see www.forestrall.co.uk for further updates.