Griff Building Supplies – Family-owned and Operated Business

Griff Building Supplies has been serving the building and construction industry in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, and beyond for over 50 years. Started by James Clark Griffiths (known as “Griff”) in 1964, the business quickly established an excellent reputation as a one-stop shop for building supplies. 


At Griff Building Supplies, the services and products we offer have been put in place to assist everyone from the multi-family contractor to the do-it-yourselfer. Located in the Queensborough area of New Westminster, our 6.5 acres of stock and 20,000 square foot retail warehouse give you the choice you require and the quality you demand.

Our Mission Statement

Griff Building Supplies will provide quality products to the building supply industry through superior service and commitment to our customers. With on-going training, new product lines, and educational courses for our staff, we will continue to grow and learn for the benefit of our customers.

Our History

James Clarke Griffiths, known as Griff, started Griff Building Supplies. Griff was a man of drive, character, and integrity, who had no choice but to make his new business 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 one of the reliable building supplies providers in the area.

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 continuing 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, major brands of power and hand tools, flooring, mouldings, and more. Other more recent and notable changes include:

  • 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 our commitment to serving all of their customers’ building needs, have resulted in continued growth and success of Griff Building Supplies. “If we don’t have it, we’ll get it for you,” says owner Deb White, “you don’t have to go anywhere else.”