Our History

James Clarke Griffiths, known as Griff, started Griff Building Supplies in 1964. Griff was a man of drive, character and integrity who had no choice but to make his new business a success as he and his wife had sold their home in Burnaby in order to make it happen. With five daughters at home, failure was not an option. From sales to setup, grading lumber to working in the yard, it wasn’t long before Griff bought out his original partners and proudly built the large warehouse. The hard work paid off and Griff Building Supplies experienced rapid growth through the early 1990s, firmly establishing an excellent reputation as a one-stop shop for building supplies.

Our Future

Today, James Griffiths’ daughter, Deborah White, owns and runs the family business and remains as involved and committed as her father once was. To keep up with its growth, Griff Building Supplies moved to their new location in Queensborough in 2000.


Griff Building Supplies is committed to continue to grow and change along with the needs of their customers. Their recent affiliation with the Irly Group of building centres helps them offer an even wider variety of hardware, paints and stains, major brands of power and hand tools, flooring, mouldings and more. Other more recent and notable changes include:

  • Becoming a North American distributor for KRINNER Ground Screws
  • Expansion of the wholesale division
  • Introduction of a finished material division
  • Addition of covered storage areas
  • Increased retail representatives
  • Upgraded computer systems
  • Development and training for staff members

These investments, together with Griff’s commitment to serve all of their customers’ building needs, have resulted in Griff’s continued growth and success. “If we don’t have it, we’ll get it for you,” says owner Deb White, “you don’t have to go anywhere else.”

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