84 Lumber closed stores in 20 markets on Oct. 20, a move that will affect 160 employees. Jeff Nobers, vp-marketing and public relations for 84 Lumber, told HCN that low housing starts prompted the company to exit some markets altogether. In other locations, the pro dealer will serve customers from another, nearby location.
The closed locations are: Lansing and Fremont, Mich.; Belle Vernon, Pa., a consolidation into Eighty Four and California, Pa., stores; Meadville, Pa., which will be served from the Erie, Pa., store through the contractor sales team; and Reading, Pa., whose sales and service will be moved to the Douglasville, Pa., store, which will be expanded to serve the Philadelphia market. In the central New Jersey market, Pennington will be consolidated at Fairless Hills, Pa.
Crestwood, Ky., will be closed, and the Louisville store will serve the Northeast Louisville market. Nicholasville, Ky., is being consolidated into the Lexington store. Hopkinsville, Ky. and Bowling Green, Ky., are being consolidated into the newly built Russellville store.
Greenfield, Ind., will be closed, and the Indianapolis market will be served from the 84 Lumber stores in Greenwood and Castleton.
Clinton, Md., is being consolidated into the Upper Marlboro location to serve Prince Georges County. Haymarket, Va., will be consolidated into the Manassas store. Newburgh, N.Y., is being closed, with the Middletown store taking over the area.
Newnan, Ga., and Dawsonville, Ga., operations are being consolidated to reduce the store count serving the Atlanta market from six stores to four.
Goose Creek, S.C., is being consolidated into the Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and Summerville stores. Ozark, Mo., is being consolidated into Springfield.
By closing the Dublin, Calif., store, 84 Lumber will exit the San Francisco Bay area market. Sacramento will be served from Auburn, Calif. Modesto, Clovis and Bakersfield will serve California’s Central Valley, and Hesperia and Beaumont will serve the Southern California market.
84 Lumber is exiting the Montgomery, Ala., market due to “extremely low housing starts, which do not support our business model,” according to the company.