NEWARK — The new owner of a longtime Newark electric and lighting supplier feels a bit like he’s come home.
Mark Lockwood has purchased the former Colacino Electric Supply and Home Lighting business at 319 W. Union St. and has renamed it First Choice Electric.
The business evokes memories of his youth.
“I remember the place,” Lockwood said. “My father was a lifelong contractor, and I remember coming here. It kind of goes back to my childhood.”
Lockwood, a local business owner, purchased the building from former owner Todd Nittolo, who has other business interests in Newark.
All the employees from the previous ownership have stayed, and Lockwood said he is happy that they did.
“We have the history and the knowledge here,” he said, adding that the business has a great legacy in Newark and the surrounding region. “It was known for great service.”
He admitted business has struggled a bit in recent years, but he said, “We’re going in the right direction and we’re starting to see our old customers customers (return).”
Lockwood is confident First Choice Electric can once again be the go-to choice for contractors and the larger community for anything from electrical-contracting supplies to everyday products for the homeowner.
He believes they offer services the big-box stores don’t.
“We offer free delivery for the contractor as well as the homeowners,” said Lockwood. “People can call ahead, place an order, and we can get it onto the truck and deliver. We want to make it as hassle-free as possible for the contractors and homeowners.”
He plans on adding a lighting center into the building, something that was once part of the old Colacino business. With that, said Lockwood, will be the addition of more products, which currently include the Eaton line, considered one of the best names in the business.