Lumber Liquidators began with a very humble start in 1993 when Tom Sullivan, a building contractor, began purchasing excess wood that other companies didn’t need and reselling it from the back of a trucking firms yard in Stoughton, Massachusetts. This eventually led to the company finding their niche market in hardwood flooring in 1996. The first store opened on January 5, 1996 in West Roxbury, Massachusetts and sold 150 sq ft of floors that first day. Eight months later they opened a second store in Hartford, Connecticut and the increase continued ever since. Over the past 10 years the company has had steady growth with stores in 43 states and over 500 employees. Lumber Liquidators has grown to over 140 locations nationwide and more stores are slated to open this year. In order to be closer to the ports and for better distribution channels the company moved their headquarters from Boston to an 80,000 sq ft warehouse in Colonial Heights, Virginia in 1999.