This definition of spectrum correlates perfectly with Spectrum Paint, located on Thimble Shoals in Newport News.
As an independent dealer and one of the largest paint distributors in the country, Spectrum Paint supplies vendors with high quality products as well as its own product, Spectrum Paint.
The company was founded in 1985 with a single store and has expanded to 74 stores, located in the Midwest and southeast region of the country. In the Hampton Roads area alone, Spectrum has stores in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Williamsburg and Newport News. At 15,000 square feet, the Newport News location is the second largest store on the East Coast and serves as a significant retail commercial distribution hub.
Spectrum’s paints, coating solutions and pricing run the gamut in terms of variety and versatility. Spectrum offers “unique products that aren’t available other places,” says Keith Neal, store manager. “We have different paints that do different things, such as an exterior paint with a rust inhibitor in it, making it suitable for vinyl houses, sheds, mobile homes—any structure made of aluminum siding.” The rust inhibitor allows the paint to act as a primer, making it unnecessary to spot prime for rust. Additionally, well established quality products “have solids and binders that make it a good flowing paint,” Neal adds.
While there are other paint distributors in the Hampton Roads area, the vastness of products available at Spectrum Paint makes it uniquely suited to meet company, vendor and homeowner needs. And, according to Neal, the customer service Spectrum affords its clients can’t be beat. “We are the best bunch of people you could meet,” Neal says with a smile. “I personally go out of my way to do whatever is necessary to serve the customer—if you need something, I will deliver it and put it in your driveway if that’s what you need. We will deliver from here to wherever you are.”
Having been in the business for many years, Neal says Spectrum Paint is only going up from here as it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. “When I
two years ago,”
he says, “we had only 65 stores; now we have 74. Within two years, we have grown by nine stores.”
For Neal, life has been both a professional and personal adventure. He personally owns a construction business doing kitchen, bathroom and basement remodels. He moved to the Hampton Roads area with no clear intention of staying until he met and married his new wife, with whom he spends most of his non-work time. And, though Neal commutes every day from the other side of the water, he says it’s worth it. “I meet new people every day, and I’m able to come through for them,” he says. “The look on their faces—the satisfaction—the colors they pick and the blending that matches exactly what they want—it makes it all worthwhile.”
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Contact: Keith Neal, store manager
Address: 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 112-113 Newport News, VA 23606
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