First-ever Bronx MarJam store opens at former ElJam site

(l-r) MarJam Building Supplies’ staff Anthony Guarracini; Carl Torres, branch manager; Ron Galloway; Gary Zurlo and Sedgewick Reclin.
Silvio J. Pacifico

An experienced building supplies company promises to ‘deliver’ quality service much like its legendary predecessor.

Last December, Brooklyn-based MarJam Supply Company opened its first-ever Bronx store at the former site of ElJam Products in Westchester Square.

ElJam was founded in 1973 as a family owned and operated mid-sized lumber and buildings materials dealer. It served the borough for more than four decades.

According to Mark Buller, MarJam founder and owner, Joseph Esposito and his brother Albert, ElJam’s owners, approached MarJam when they thought about retirement.

MarJam accepted the offer and went to work renovating and modernizing the facility at 2925 E. Tremont Avenue.

“ElJam was here for 42 years, but they were still using pen and paper to keep track over most of their transactions,” said Carl Torres, MarJam branch manager for the Bronx.

Torres, an Allerton resident, said the renovations included adding computers to better organize business records and transactions, refurbishing their showroom and updating the building supply yard to include additional gates.

MarJam’s showroom contains most notably a mill shop, roofing supplies and a full hardware store among many other features.

Torres said they are currently waiting on new MarJam exterior signage to arrive.

Established in 1979, MarJam sells acoustical ceiling systems, doors and frames, windows, roofing, siding, flooring, insulation, tools, hardware, equipment, wall systems, lumber, plywood, adhesives, masonry and specialty items to builders, contractors, architects, engineers, the government and the public.

The company has expanded over the years to a staff of nearly 800 professionals and operates 37 ‘super centers’ in 12 states serving the entire East Coast.

Buller and Torres said their company is excited to learn more about the Bronx and to continue providing residents with quality high-end building goods like ElJam did.

“There’s a lot of legacy at this site from ElJam being there for so many years and we’re hoping to continue it,” said Buller, adding. “MarJam’s motto is ‘we deliver’ and that’s not just about deliveries, we treat people and our customers on a higher level.”

“Being born and raised in the Bronx myself, I’m very happy to be here and so, too, is my staff,” said Torres. “We’re very committed to this location and we are looking to help out local organizations as well as employing local workers.”

MarJam is open for business every Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buller said that MarJam’s Bronx store is now hiring and is looking for local workers interested in such job opportunities as sales, marketing, administration and purchasing.

If interested, Buller said prospective applicants can visit www.marjam.com to fill out an application or visit the store to fill one out during business hours.

For more information, contact MarJam at (718) 792-8800.

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