Painting a booming picture
It is no secret that building permits and projects have been mushrooming in Woodburn in recent years.
That phenomenon has not been lost on Miller Paint.
The company announced Thursday, July 15, that it has opened a new store in Woodburn, one of two new openings with the other in Battle Ground, Washington.
"We're excited to be coming into Woodburn," said Wes Martin, who co-manages the Woodburn store. "Woodburn is an up-and-coming city with a ton going on."
Martin said the sheer amount of projects, Woodburn's reasonable proximity to Portland and the freeway access all proved favorable in the city's candidacy for the new store. Prior to the store's opening, Miller Paint would serve northern Marion County out of Salem.
"We've been serving the Woodburn market out of Salem for years," Martin said. "This will help us serve the area much better."
The area appears ripe for serving.
This past May Woodburn Community Development Director Chris Kerr offered a glimpse of the city's building boom when he spoke at the 2021 State of the City address.
"Despite the COVID disruptions we've had this year, it's been a really busy and exciting year for the city in terms of development," he said. "We continue to see building activity at historically high rates. In fact, we've seen a five-fold increase in residential permits in just the last three years."
Kerr attributed long-term planning and vision to development successes.
"In the last year, 2020, we've issued 92 single-family home permits. And we can expect to see over 300 single-home permits in the next year," he said.
Martin said the paint store is regarded as a low-footprint design, where it's managed in a manner that examines specific needs detected for an area, both retail and commercial, and ensures that supplies reflect that.
In a news release, Miller Paint officials said that while home-industry raw materials shortages have been a regional issue, Miller Paint's regional/local manufacturing puts the company in an ideal position to meet the needs of retail and wholesale customers.
Miller Paint CEO Jason Palumbis said the small-footprint stores suit that end.
The stores are "designed to provide paint products geared towards our customers, communities and their specific painting needs, be they homeowners or professional contractors. We're excited to be able to serve these growing communities in Oregon and Washington," Palumbis said.
Company officials said they anticipate significant growth both with homeowners and paint professionals.
"We will provide the same convenient, personalized service that homeowners and contractors expect from our paint stores," Miller Paint Vice President of Store Operations Scott Riley said. "Woodburn's location between Portland and Salem is strategic, as is the Battle Ground location outside Vancouver. Both are serving rapidly growing, smaller communities."
Martin said the Woodburn store, which is located at 2269 Country Club Road, has been open for about two weeks. Store hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.
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