Safford Builders Supply to celebrate 80th anniversary this weekend

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Visit Safford Builders Supply/Ace Hardware this weekend for its 80th-anniversary extravaganza.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – After 80 years, the family-owned and operated Safford Builders Supply (SBS) is celebrating its time serving its valued customers and invites the public to join in on the fun.

SBS Ace Hardware will celebrate its 80th anniversary Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15 with prizes, huge discounts, 50-cent hot dogs and free Pepsi and T-shirts while supplies last.

The party starts Friday with vendor booths from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. located in the back of the store by the lumber yard. Along with the vendors, there will be free gift drawings for a Fireman 4500 w/electric start, Traeger wood pellets, two corn hole games and more.

On Saturday, the party will take it up a notch with drawings every half hour from 9 a.m – 4 p.m. and a pick your discount with 10 percent to 80 percent off on all regularly priced items. 

The grand prize is a Traeger Pro Series 34 wood pellet blue grill with 36000 BTU worth $1,000. Other prizes include a Yeti 65 cooler (retail value $349), DeWalt 18-volt circular saw ($359), Stihl MST 70 chainsaw ($180), Makita reciprocating saw ($99), and a Stihl FSA 56 battery-powered trimer ($199), plus much more. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Contributed Photo: Magician Samuel Siminoe will perform two free shows.

There will also be a raffle for $500 worth of Dunn Edwards paint and supplies. Tickets are just $5 each and proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The celebration will also include two magic shows by our favorite local magician Samuel Siminoe at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, with a free gift for every child in attendance.

On Monday, the Safford City Council made a proclamation recognizing SBS for its “80 years of excellent merchandising (and) for many contributions and services to our community with best wishes for many more years to come, (and) continued success in the future,” said Safford Mayor Jason Kouts. “They are a huge asset to our community.”

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Safford Mayor Jason Kouts, right, presents a plaque to Sally Owens commemorating Safford Builders Supply’s 80 years in business.

So, for a good time, cheap eats, magic, great deals and great chances at prizes, make sure to visit Safford Builders Supply Ace Hardware this weekend for its 80th-anniversary extravaganza.

The following is from Safford Builders Supply.

Our History

Safford Builders Supply (SBS) was started on April 6, 1938, by Oance and Mary Owens and their son, Ralph. It started in a tin building on 7th Street that was a livery stable back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. That building still stands and is used as a warehouse by SBS today.

SBS had its beginning as a lumber yard/hardware store but Oance and Mary decided to expand and added a construction business. After WWII, their oldest son, Marvin, returned home to help his parents manage the business due to Ralph’s failing health. Upon Ralph’s death in 1950, Marvin ran the lumber yard/hardware store and Heavy managed the construction business.

Marvin and Heavy ran the business until Marvin’s death in 1993. Heavy groomed Marvin’s grandson, Preston Owens, to be the manager, and after Heavy’s death in 2012, the business is still owned by the Owens families and managed by Preston.

In 1971, Safford Builders Supply became affiliated with Ace Hardware, and in 2014, expanded to the Ace Hardware in Morenci.

The Owens family would like to thank our employees and customers. It has been a privilege to serve the Gila Valley for 80 years.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Owens family members pose for a picture with the Safford City Council upon being recognized Monday night. Pictured are, from left, Sally Owens, Shawna Thatcher, Vice Mayor Richard Ortega, council members Arnold Lopez, Steve McGaughey, Chris Taylor, Michael Andazola Sr., and Gene Seale, Randa and Keith McKinney, and Safford Mayor Jason Kouts.