Building #19 has moved from Hingam location. It can now be found in Weymouth on Rt. 18
- Thanks for the info! DocSigma 23:06, 4 Feb 2005 (UTC)
The article appears to be indexed with businesses started in 1964, but no date of founding the business is given in the article; the first date mentioned is 1980. Mulp 17:25, 24 September 2006 (UTC)
No Wal-Mart in Nashua
As a resident of southern New Hampshire and a frequent customer of Building #19 1/15 (the one in Nashua, NH), I am pleased to confirm that Wal-Mart's plan to take over the Nashua location is, for all practical purposes, dead (although Wal-Mart still denies that it has given up). When the plan first appeared in the news, it met with strong opposition among locals. Also, this particular location is on a wetland, so any construction there would be subject to a variety of legalities. Mannyram24 00:32, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Wouldn't "Building number 19" be a better title for this article? At least that's pronounced the same way. It seems more intuitive. --Ketsuekigata 01:32, 28 April 2007 (UTC)
- Nope. As it says in the article, "When pronouncing the name of the store, one does not pronounce the pound sign, although it is always written." Doc Sigma (wait, what?) 17:07, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
All Damaged Goods?
The article claims that most of the goods in the stores are damaged, but much of it isn't considering a lot of it comes from insurance companies selling off things like overstock and goods written off during a claim (that vast majority of which is undamaged). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 22:13, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Point Of View / Missing Citations
Most of the information in the Corporate Culture section is lacking citations and seems to have been written by someone with an axe to grind. I suggest that it be removed or rewritten and cited. In fact, I've gone ahead and removed the offending material. Re-posting it here for consideration:
B19's legendary laxness with their vendors and books made headlines a few years ago, when a buyer and warehouse worker from B19 were indicted on charges of stealing millions from the salvage specialist over several years. Apparently a rug vendor generated phony bills of lading and invoiced Building 19 for rugs they never received. These invoices were paid, and the rug vendor split the money with the two inside guys.
The television news program "Chronicle" recently did a story about Jerry Ellis, the founder and CEO of Building #19. In the story, Jerry's legendary frugality was highlighted. Many of the items used to furnish his homes came from Building #19, which specializes in damaged and/or salvage merchandise. What was missing from the story, however, was Jerry's (also legendary) actual real estate holdings. Most of Building #19's stores and warehouses are owned by Jerry, and leased back to the company. In addition, Jerry and his wife Elaine own several multi-million dollar homes that they spend their time in.
Reliable sources within the company put Jerry's net worth at between $75 million and $100 million. Jerry's son Bill, according to Massachusetts land records, lives in a townhouse in downtown Boston assessed at over $3 million. The Ellis (really Elovitz) family is notoriously private and secretive about their financial success. Much of this is attributable to the fact that they pay their store and warehouse associates the bare minimum that the law will allow. Handicapped and special-needs people are employed in their stores not out of a sense of altruism or philanthropy, but because they can pay them very little.
Omehegan (talk) 05:47, 14 October 2009 (UTC) Everything that was removed (cited above) was put back, with still no citations. I have once again removed it. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 23:06, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
While I admit that I am a newbie the section on Corporate affairs doesn't seem to have any content. Not Sourced and could be folded in with the Corporate Culture section in my opinion. Please let me know if I am incorrect Hasteur (talk) 17:46, 28 June 2010 (UTC)
A Short Film About Building #19
While this isn't exactly the most objective look at the chain, it does provide a look at the wares and decor of a Building #19 store. Atypicaloracle (talk) 09:40, 3 November 2010 (UTC)
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