Tradition, pride, superior service and premier products — that’s what Hoke Building Supply brought to Mooresville when relocating its generational, 76-year business to U.S. 21.
Following more than seven successful decades serving customers in Davidson, Hoke Building Supply relocated to Mooresville in May. The business, said third-generation owner Rick Hoke, was bursting at its seams along Jetton Street. At 5.5 acres and quite constrained, it was ready to grow and expand — and that meant a big move.
“The main reason for the new location is because we outgrew our space in Davidson,” said Hoke, who owns the business alongside his sister Tammy Hoke. “Things are working out much better here.”
Hoke Building Supply started humbly in Davidson in 1943 — a business response by Charles Hoke after purchasing a small sawmill in town. The sawmill started in 1940 and, by 1943, a retail space was necessary. After partnering with his brothers, Hoke’s family tradition was born along Jetton Street. And there, at its original Davidson location, the business operated as Hoke Lumber Company until earlier this year.
Ownership passed from Hoke to his children, Charles Hoke Jr. and Dot Hoke, in the 1980s. Hoke Jr. continued operation of the popular lumber yard and building supply brand until his death in 2006, when Rick Hoke and Tammy Hoke began to run the business.
And it was then, in 2006, when the third-generation Hokes realized the constraints of their long-time Davidson location.
“We only had 5 acres in Davidson,” he said from behind the desk of his new Mooresville office. “We simply outgrew the site.”
In those 60 years of growth before third-generation ownership, Hoke Lumber expanded significantly to meet the area’s construction demands. Although known for lumber, the business extended to windows, doors, decks and docks. The company became much more than lumber; it was a local, family-owned retail outlet that created relationships and exceeded the construction desires of small and custom builders across the area.
Thus, a new name was needed in addition to relocation.
Said Hoke, ‘Lumber’ was a bit limiting … We try really hard to find the best products we can sell. It’s just more fun to sell quality than the cheap stuff. We focus on quality and certainly a focus on service.”
Hoke Lumber was rebranded to Hoke Building Supply in anticipation of its move to Mooresville. After site scouting and purchase, the relocation to 2079 Charlotte Highway took approximately one year, including design and construction of multiple buildings across the 15-acre space. The site’s storefront and office building, said Hoke, is approximately four times larger than its former structure in Davidson. Highway 21 in Mooresville, he added, is also easier to traverse for vendors and contractors, many of whom operate large trucks.
Hoke Building Supply — which boasts 42 employees, including one dedicated to the company for more than 50 years — debuted at its new and anticipated location earlier this year, with an official grand opening hosted on Sept. 19.
“There was a tremendous response to our grand opening,” said Rick Hoke. “We were expecting half as many. What a neat thing to have new faces coming in.”
Noting that the fourth generation is poised and already working at Hoke Building Supply — Tammy’s son and his wife — Hoke reminisced about his father and grandfather’s ownership, showing displayed memorabilia from the business’ 76-year history.
“We’re just really lucky to be in this area for so long. My grandfather would be very proud that we’re still here.”
Learn more about Hoke Building Supply at hokebuildingsupply.com.