Matt’s Building Materials Rebuilds After Fire

Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for TOMORROW, Thursday, December 15 @ 11 am

Pharr, Texas – Nearly one year after a massive fire destroyed Matt’s Building Materials store in Pharr the first steps towards rebuilding have begun.  Matt’s ownership team invites the media and public to join them for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the rebuilding of their iconic store. 

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 am TOMORROW, Thursday, December 15, 2022, at Matt’s Building Materials & Wood Row Plaza (404 E. Expressway 83) in Pharr, Texas.

“Matt’s has been a staple in Pharr for generations, and to see it rise once again from the ashes after last year’s tragedy is extremely heartening. We are grateful for new beginnings and congratulate the Matt’s team on this momentous occasion,” remarked Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Herandez, M.D.

Built in 1969, the original Matt’s “Cash & Carry” Building Materials is the oldest lumberyard still operating in the Rio Grande Valley. Though the fire razed the 120,000 square foot retail location on January 1st, 2022, the lumberyard was mostly undamaged and deliveries of materials resumed on January 3rd.

Despite the many challenges they have faced this year, the family-owned business is optimistic for the future. “It has been a year of ups and downs, but with the support and encouragement we have received, we are extremely hopeful and excited for the future of Matt’s” said Isaac Smith, co-owner of Matt’s Building Materials.

“Matt’s Building Materials has long contributed to the economic vitality of Pharr and the surrounding areas, and its team has been such dedicated supporters of our community. We are encouraged at the resiliency of the company and organization, and look forward to its continued success,” stated Victor Perez, Pharr Economic Development Corporation President/CEO.

The new building will retain the spirit of the original, while adding many new amenities. In addition to rebuilding the store, they will be utilizing a plot of previously undeveloped land on the east side of the property to expand and build an event center as well as 33,000 square feet of retail space that will be leased to other businesses.

WHO: Matt’s Building Materials and City of Pharr/Pharr EDC Officials
WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony to Celebrate Rebuilding of Matt’s Building Materials
WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2022 @ 11 am
WHERE: Matt’s Building Materials (404 E. Expressway 83) in Pharr, Texas