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History

Bruce Bauer

First Generation 1938

Bruce Bauer opened his company in Medford, Oregon in 1938.  After doing some building in the San Mateo County area in 1946, he saw the need for a lumber yard and opened his second store in San Carlos, CA. 

Medford, Oregon 1945

1945

Originally opened as a contractor lumber yard, over the years we developed into a do-it-yourself home center with strong emphasis on practical advice to home owners while offering quality merchandise and top of the line customer service.  

Don Thom

Second Generation 1966

Don Thom bought the lumber yard from his father-in-law, Bruce Bauer in 1966.  In 1971, he bought out Bickell Brothers Lumber at San Antonio Circle in Mountain View.  A family owned business, Don Thom had two of his sons, David and Darryl, working with him.  They had to learn from the bottom up and became familiar with all phases of building including home construction. 

San Carlos, CA 1991

1991

Bruce Bauer then expanded its inventory to include basic plumbing and electrical supplies, to round out its home improvement materials and services inventory.  Bruce Bauer also has a senior citizen discount program. 

David and Darryl Thom

Third Generation 1991

Don Thom retired in 1989 and the business was passed on to Darryl and David.  In 1991, the San Carlos store was forced to close due to railroad expansion.  In 1993, an award winning Andersen Window Showroom was added to the Mountain View location.   

Mountain View, CA 2001

2001

The family owned store has been at the present location since 1971.  “As a family owned business we are close to our customers.  This enables us to recognize change in the marketplace and react quickly, for example the demand for “Green Products” as well as affordable products in a slow economy. 

Joel, Don and Darryl Thom

Present

"We are in a highly educated consumer market.  Our customers understand and appreciate the value of quality products and the added value of our outstanding customer services.”  -Darryl 
Both of Darryl’s sons have continued working for the family business.  Brian has returned to Bruce Bauer after graduating from college and is currently working as a windows salesman.  Joel handles the company's conline marketing campaigns and website.