Serving Bay Area Building Professionals Since 1898

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The original South City Lumber & Supply office building as seen in this vintage 1910 photograph

About Us

Serving Bay Area building professionals since 1898

South City Lumber & Supply has been providing quality lumber and building materials with unmatched customer service to the Bay Area’s building professionals since 1898. Conveniently located in South San Francisco, we are a full-service lumber yard, Do it Best hardware store, and Window & Door Showroom featuring all of the major brands. When you partner with us you get more than a handshake, you get our promise to deliver the best lumber, building supply and hardware available at a competitive price.

Vintage orange metal advertising sign for South City Lumber & Supply Co.

South City Lumber

Nestled along the West side of San Francisco Bay and just North of the San Francisco International Airport is South City Lumber & Supply.

Founded in 1898 as San Francisco Planing Mill Company, a facility where seasoned boards that came from the surrounding sawmills were turned into dimensional lumber for use. Because of our central location we soon became known amongst the local builders as South San Francisco Lumber Company. Then in 1908 when the city of South San Francisco became incorporated we changed our name to what it is today, South City Lumber & Supply.

1910 photograph of South City Lumber & Supply Co.
South City Lumber & Supply Co. as seen in this 1910 photograph.

Originally we were located at the corner of Baden Avenue and Linden Avenue in South San Francisco where this 1910 photo was taken. In 1927 we moved to our present 3.5 acre location at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Linden Avenue. With our rich history in the community and the fact that our original storefront is still standing from 1927, we were designated a historic site by the South San Francisco Historical Society and Historical Preservation Commission in 1991.

South San Francisco and South City Lumber & Supply as seen in this 1921 aerial photograph
South San Francisco as seen in this 1921 aerial photo, notice the red circle.

The Mid-century brought population growth to the Bay Area and a big demand for housing. The surrounding agricultural land and hills were quickly developed into the towns and suburbs we see today. The 50s housing boom also introduced us to the tract home and with it a demand for wood frame construction. Since our roots go Bay Area deep, we were able to provide builders and contractors up and down the Peninsula and San Francisco the lumber and building materials they needed to build the communities and neighborhoods we now call home.

Inside one of Weyerhaeuser’s dry lumber storage sheds
Inside one of Weyerhaeuser’s dry lumber storage sheds.

In 1971, John Bacon, Sr. purchased South City Lumber & Supply. John’s career in the lumber business began in the early 50’s at San Bruno Lumber Company. In 1964 he purchased San Mateo Lumber with his father-in-law William W. Jackson. In 1971 he left San Bruno Lumber and acquired South City Lumber and Supply in South San Francisco. In 1975 he purchased Economy Lumber Company, Oakland, and in 2010 Piedmont Lumber in Oakland, now Economy Lumber Piedmont. In over six decades John built one of the largest groups of lumber and building material companies in Northern California. By understanding the needs of professional contractors, his companies were able to thrive and grow in the face of competition and an ever changing marketplace.

Picture of Tom, Lynn and John Bacon Sr.
Tom, Lynn and John Bacon Sr.

Today, South City Lumber & Supply is still in the Bacon family, and is managed by one of John’s sons, Tom Bacon. Though times have changed, the business remains the same, a full-service lumber yard, Do it Best hardware store, and Window & Door Showroom. As always, we strive to serve the professional builder, contractor and homeowner with the highest quality lumber and building materials available at competitive prices with unmatched customer service.

South City Lumber & Supply Company located at the corner of Railroad Avenue & South Spruce Avenue, South San Francisco.
Located at the corner of Railroad Avenue & South Spruce Avenue


Antique Sargent & Co. hand plane

Customer Services

Loading customer's pickup truck


If you are a contractor, we have a truckload of services designed especially for you. From accounts, millwork and fabrication, to scheduled deliveries, custom orders, and tool repair. We know how valuable your time is and we are here to help speed things along.

South City Lumber & Supply lumber delivery truck

Lumber Delivery

From small orders to an entire truck load, if you need it delivered or don’t have a big enough trunk, let us know. We have a fleet of trucks and offer curbside delivery directly to your jobsite. Prices vary based on distance, and quotes are available from your salesperson when you place your order.

Custom wood door


We offer complete milling and fabrication services through our Lumber Desk. If you need to match a moulding pattern or historical siding for a renovation, or you’re creating something totally new for a custom home, our experienced professionals are here to help with your project and millwork specifications.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

Give us a call or send us an email – we carry a wide variety of lumber and wood products, building materials and supply.

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