Business Profile: Bianchi Brickyard Supply, Inc. & Mulch & More Merger
When two distinct and successful companies occupy similar market spaces and share the same mission to over-deliver the highest quality and variety of products and services to their customers, merging seems like a natural evolution.
And that’s just what the owners of Mulch & More and Bianchi Brickyard Supply, Inc. decided to do.
Mulch & More in Winnabow is a one-stop landscape supply company for both homeowners and professionals, offering a full range of products from mulch and pine straw to aggregates and decorative stone to topsoil, sand and irrigations supplies. The business was established more than 15 years ago, and when Jason Graver purchased it two years ago, he doubled Mulch & More’s footprint and grew the business by 100 percent year over year by increasing the products carried, adding an on-site plant nursery and expanding the decorative stone selection. In its current capacity, Graver says “I felt like I had taken the business as far as I can take it,” so he approached Mark Bianchi about purchasing Mulch & More.
For nearly 50 years, David and Julie Bianchi turned D.L. Bianchi’s Construction Co. into a well-respected business focusing on general masonry and brick construction, first operating in 1971 in Buffalo, New York, and then moving to North Carolina in 1996. It was in 2001, with the help of their son, Mark, that the family decided to open up a masonry retail store — Bianchi Brickyard Supply, Inc. — in Southport. Nineteen years later, the successful business saw an opportunity to expand outside of the Southport and Oak Island area by buying Mulch & More as a turnkey business that would complement their existing landscape products and construction and outdoor materials.
“Jason and I have been working together for a couple of years, helping each other with different products,” says Bianchi. “I’ve always seen an opportunity in that area.”
The acquisition will allow Bianchi Brickyard Supply to compete more effectively in the northern end of Brunswick County and add more value to customers by offering a wider variety of conveniently located construction products in the area.
Mulch & More will remain as it is — Graver will continue to manage the business, and his team will stay in place. “I see a great amount of value with him running it,” Bianchi says. Graver spent the last two years building solid brand awareness for Mulch & More as a reliable, consistent, individualized customer experience.
“From the customer’s standpoint, they’ll still experience the same outstanding level of customer services from both businesses,” Graver says. “We’ll be able to offer new products that we don’t carry now — a more robust shape, size and color availability of loose stones as well as building products.”
Bianchi Brickyard Supply strives to offer the highest quality products and services and build strong relationships with all of their customers, just like Graver’s approach to Mulch & More.
About the merger, Bianchi says, “I’m super excited, and Jason is super excited. I love the opportunity to reach more people in this county through mulch and stone and construction supplies, and I love meeting new people.”
Bianchi’s Brickyard Supply
7995 River Road, Southport
Mulch & More
39 Edgewood Lane, Winnabow