United House Wrecking is closing its doors after 66 years of business in Stamford.
United House Wrecking was established as a demolition company in 1954, tearing down homes to make way for the creation of Interstate 95. 1st generation owners, Ross Lodato Sr, along with brothers Phil, John and brother-in-law Ray Bowling operated for 33 years on Selleck Street. The brothers found that customers were interested in salvage and discarded items. The yard was nicknamed “The Junkyard with a Personality”.
People came from all over to visit our unique store. Over the years, the business evolved into the area’s most eclectic selection of home décor. Alongside new furniture and accessories, you could find antiques, memorabilia, oddities and architectural salvage.
Though they decided to stop wrecking in 1964, they kept the name and focused on the selling end of the business. 2nd generation, Ross and Mario, took over the reins of the business when it moved in 1987 to a new location on Hope Street and operated it for an additional 33 years.
Mario states that carrying on our family’s legacy of United House Wrecking was truly a blessing for us. We made every attempt to treat our customers and employees like family over the years. He quotes Dr. Seuss… “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Ross admits that closing will be emotionally difficult. We gave everything we had to this business and so much more. We lived and breathed it every day and we are very grateful to our fantastic customers and super employees over the many years. We feel the time is right for us to retire.
The “Going out of Business” sale will begin September 2nd. Everything must go! The store will be open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
There are loads of great items for sale, some of which have never been available for sale before. The Lodato family is conducting this sale themselves in order to have a proper goodbye to Stamford.
“Please stop in to see us. Allow us to thank you for your patronage, and say farewell as we share some awesome UHW memories.” Mario Lodato