Regional chain Mead Lumber Co. has decided to close its Ashland, Neb., location on July 7, according to an article in the Journal-Star.
The 102-year-old lumberyard was not able to generate enough volume to make the business viable, spokeswoman Kate Mead told the newspaper. She added that local home builders were often bringing in building supplies from outside the area.
The family-owned company decided to donate the Ashland property to the Ashland Area Foundation, which is raising funds to build a new public library and senior center.
Based in Columbus, Neb., Mead Lumber will now operate 36 stores in Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas and Oklahoma.