The Granite Group recently announced it is opening a branch location in Newport, Vt. — the company’s 31st branch location.

The branch will be housed in a 10,000-sq.-ft. facility located at 565 Union St., the former home of Fred’s Plumbing & Heating. Construction started in May and the branch was excepted to be open for business earlier this month. This is the third new branch the company has opened over the last year.

“This new branch like other recent branches we’ve opened became a reality after customers asked us to find a way to build a presence in an underserved but emerging area for business,” The Granite Group President and CEO Bill Condron said.