Time catches up to Allen's Building Supplies

Justin Dickie webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on August 13, 2007
Deane Allen, owner of Allens Building Supplies, cuts a key for a customer recently. Hes closing his doors on September 30 on a business thats been in his family for over 100 years. Justin Dickie Amherst Daily News

AMHERST The times have caught up with Deane Allen.

The owner of Amherst Millwork Ltd., Allens Building Supplies, and Allens Locksmithing will close the doors on his Laplanche Street business on Sept. 30.

"Times have changed," Allen said. "The demands not there for custom work."

For more than 100 years the Allen family has been doing construction-related work in the Amherst area.

Deanes grandfather, Ainslie Allen, moved to Amherst Head in 1891 to set up a window sash-making shop. In the early 1900s Ainslie moved his work into Amherst where he started building houses on Victoria Street. When he died in 1930, Deanes father Kenneth P. Allen moved to Amherst from Halifax to finish Ainslies contracted work and never returned to the city.

K.P. worked from his home until 1947 when he set up shop on Laplanche Street.

Deane started working for his father in 1954 and when K.P. died in 1964, Deane took over the business.

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