A Century of Service: Mid-Cape Home Centers

Mid-Cape Home Centers
Aerial view of Orleans lumberyard in 1950.

Century Club The year was 1895 when Capt. Oscar C. Nickerson gave up command of the schooner Abel W. Parker and purchased the Kelley and Eldredge Lumber Co. in Chatham, Mass. The company name would later be changed to Nickerson Lumber Company and grow to what would one day be known as Mid-Cape Home Centers.

The company grew in the early 1900s by acquiring Eldredge Lumber, Feed and Coal business in Orleans, Mass., then adding Oliver Lumberyard in Wellfleet, Mass. During the mid 1900s, the first Mid-Cape Center was established in South Dennis, Mass. as a “cash and carry” operation. In 1967, the Hyannis, Mass. Mid-Cape Center opened as the first drive-through, self-service lumberyard in New England. In the late 1900s a number of new stores and yards were added, expanding service territory into Pocasset, Martha’s Vineyard and the South Shore. In 1985, the word “Home” was added to the company name as Mid-Cape Home Centers. In the early 2000s, several Kitchen & Bath Design Centers and showrooms were opened.

For more than a century, the reins of the company remained in the Nickerson family until 2012 when Jeff Plank purchased the company. In 2014 Jack Stevenson was promoted from General Manager to President of Mid-Cape Home Centers. The company is one of the largest employers on the cape, and operates six locations on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the South Shore.

“We service a variety of communities both on and off the cape,” said President Jack Stevenson. “We value the relationships we have built and continue to build as we focus on service and exceptional customer experience.”

Mid-Cape Home Centers

Chatham location in 1904.

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