Family Owned Business Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Belletetes opened for business in 1898 in Jaffrey

Press release
Belletetes is celebrating its 125th Anniversary. Their first storefront was located in Jaffrey. It started as a general store. This picture shows the current storefront in Jaffrey.

Belletetes Inc, a family owned and operated lumber and building supply company, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in business. From humble beginnings in 1898 as a general store, Belletetes has grown into one of the largest lumber and building materials retailers in the Northeast, servicing New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and southern Maine.

With nine locations across New Hampshire and Massachusetts, 320 dedicated employees, and a fleet of over 70 delivery vehicles, the company believes in providing excellent customer service that creates long-lasting relationships. Belletetes aligns itself with vendor partners who provide industry best brand products that its customers can depend on to perform.

Community outreach remains a top priority for Belletetes. The support they provide to many nonprofits and organizations helps to positively impact the communities they serve. Belletetes also believes in supporting their employees who participate in local boards, service organizations, nonprofits, and other community programs.

As part of their 125th Anniversary celebration, Belletetes is bringing back their We Build It Forward (WBIF) Community Outreach Program; a one-day event in which skilled and unskilled volunteers join Belletetes employees in providing home improvement services for a nominated household in their community. You can learn more about this program by visiting their website,

“The foundations of our success can be summed up in a few catchphrases: being part of the community, forming meaningful relationships, and having caring, dedicated employees.” says President Mike Shea, great grandson of Elie Belletete. “We are excited to celebrate this milestone and we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business every day.”

About Belletetes – Founder Elie Belletete was a hardworking Canadian immigrant, he worked six days a week in the local textile mill and on nights and weekends he cut hair. After saving $500, Elie went into business for himself opening his general store in Jaffrey. The company’s mission is to grow its business as a premier building materials company, by offering quality products at a fair price, while providing excellent customer service and enriching the lives of its employees.  As the company has evolved over the last 125 years, its commitment to these beliefs has remained the same. Operating nine locations across New Hampshire and Massachusetts, they stand committed to supporting your project from start to finish.