Ace Hardware

Manuel Fernandes (left) arrived in America from Portugal at age 15 and worked in a diner in Brockton, Mass.

Our History

In 1958, Fernandes Lumber Co., opened with one small building that was formerly a fruit stand in Easton. It was started by Manuel Fernandes and his wife Minnie. He gave up a profitable building career which included building new homes, as well as most of the Mobil service stations throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod to help provide supplies for builders in the area. "It was a struggle at first and a lot of hard work," said Manuel. "You had to put your heart and soul into the business, and we did just that. All my children worked here, especially on Saturdays." For example, during the day Manuel would work at the store and at night would go to the docks to pick up lumber. Over the years he would add a building when he was able to afford it.

Today, Fernandes Lumber is still family-owned and operated. Manuel's daughter, Diana, and her husband, Tom Farrell, ran the business through the 1980s and then Manuel’s son, Kenneth, became involved. Ken coordinated the co-op affiliation with Ace Hardware in 1986 and continues to run the day-to-day business operations. Ken's son-in-law, Kevin O'Neill, works full-time as store manager. There are also several grandchildren who work in the store following in the footsteps of their great-grandparents. 

Fernandes Lumber is the only full-service home center supplying the town of Easton. We pride ourselves on service and knowledge to get you through the most difficult project. Our sales force offers friendly and courteous service to each and every customer. 

Store Growth

In 2004, the company took on a major building project. The original building had become too small to serve its customer base and more space was needed. After many alternatives were reviewed a 2-phase building project began in May 2005. Phase 1 was built next to the existing building while Fernandes Lumber stayed in operation in its original building. In July 2005, we moved into Phase 1 while the deconstruction and building of Phase 2 began. In November 2005, the store was completed and fully open for business.


Giving Back

Philanthropy is a core component of our culture. As a company, we are committed to being responsible and respected citizens in the communities in which we live and work. Fernandes Lumber and Ace Home Center is dedicated to supporting organizations that help people live more productive and enriched lives. We support local shopping and are involved in many community initiatives focusing on education, children's health, youth sports, animal welfare and local business growth and partnerships.

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Get in Touch!

Telephone: 508-238-3651 
Fax: 508-238-9401 

299 Depot Street
South Easton, Massachusetts 02375

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