The business was decimated by a fire in the early morning hours of July 31, 2016. The building was a total loss, but with the continued support of the community and the True Value cooperative, sales and service continued out Clark Lumber & True Value Hardwareof a trailer in front of its charred remains.
"There was a lawsuit, so after the fire, it was an extreme struggle to continue business because of the lawsuit issued by the property-owner," said office manager and longtime employee Stacey Sherwood, daughter of owner Harvey Clark. "We didn't have insurance money for nine months."
That lawsuit — a complex case involving claims of insufficient insurance and breach of agreement, among other issues, between Clark and David Emami, the property's co-owner at the time of the fire — has now been resolved. The remnants of the Clark Lumber building were torn down several weeks ago.
Now, the longtime Tualatin business, founded in the 1960s, is moving to the next town over. Its new address will be 11220 S.W. Tonquin Road, Sherwood.
"It won't be a full-on store right away," cautioned Stacey Sherwood. Still, a barn at the new site will have more room for merchandise, and Clark Lumber will be able to cut lumber to customers' specifications.
She added, "We are looking to build a building for the actual store, but that could be another year down the road."
Plans call for the move to be complete no later than June 11.
Before then, though, Clark Lumber will stick to tradition: Its annual car show and barbecue will be held Saturday, May 20, in the former Haggen parking lot across the street from its old building.
"We don't charge for admission or for participation in the car show. We take all kinds of cars. And we do have a donation fund … for helping getting back on our feet," Sherwood said.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the ninth annual incarnation of the car show and barbecue. The address for the event is 8515 S.W. Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Tualatin.
By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor, The Times