built on a foundation of honest pricing and service excellence

With strong family values and community spirit – POCO Building Supplies is built on a foundation of hard work and honest pricing. Our service excellence is 96 years in the making.

In 1921, Port Coquitlam resident Harry Galer founded the Port Coquitlam Transfer Company to meet the growing transportation demands of Port Coquitlam residents. In fact, he shuttered his shoe store soon after realizing that the demand for hauling coal and lumber in his truck, would probably earn him more money than selling shoes.

 

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Harry’s son John purchased the company in 1947 and then in 1967 he moved the business to its current location on Mary Hill Road. It was this very same year that the business became a founding member of TIMBER MART, a Western Canada based buying group that has grown into one of Canada’s largest cooperative for independent business owners, with over 750 member stores across the country.

The business passed into the hands of John’s children, Bob, Joe and Lynette, in the early 1980’s. It was during this time that POCO Building Supplies enjoyed considerable growth and became a large player in the Lower Mainland’s building supplies market.

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John Galer with young Chris Galer circa 1978 (left) and Chris with son Henry Galer in 2016 (right)

 

Over 95 years later, POCO Building Supplies remains a well-known fixture of downtown Port Coquitlam. Current stewards and cousins Chris and Jeff Galer are the fourth generation of the Galer family to operate the business and they remain focused on catering to the needs of builders and homeowners alike, by offering a superior level of customer service and honest pricing.

At POCO Building Supplies, we also have a long history of supporting the very Community that supports our business. We proudly support local charities, non-profit organizations, schools and minor sports associations, as well as working with organizations that assist individuals who are getting back into the workforce.

Timber Mart

You can do anything

tbm_retailFounded in 1967, TIMBER MART is the largest national member-owned buying group in Canada for the true independent entrepreneur. With hundreds of independent building-material and hardware retailers, commercial dealers and manufacturers located in every province across the country, TIMBER MART provides its extensive dealer network with a menu of competitive buying programs, comprehensive marketing services and personalized support to drive independent business success.

POCO Building Supplies is proudly one of the founding members of TIMBER MART. As a result, customers can shop with the confidence that they are supporting the local business, and put money back into the Canadian economy. Through TimberMart, we also offer our customers the opportunity to earn Air Miles Rewards on qualifying purchases.

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July 2017 – POCO Building Supplies feature article in Spotlight on Business Magazine

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“What you see today is impressive. POCO Building Supplies is a founding member of Timber Mart, a Western Canada based GPO (group purchasing organization) which has become one of Canada’s largest buying groups for independent business owners.”

pocobuildingsupplies.com is nothing short of industry-leading. It is easy on the eyes and, more importantly, easy-to- use.”

 

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