84 Lumber closes 20 stores
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.
Connecticut hardware store to close
Bunnell Paint & Hardware in New Haven, Conn., is going out of business after 33 years, according to the New Haven Independent.
Owner Len Mullally has owned the store since 1975, when he converted it from a paint and wallpaper store to a hardware store. He is expected to close his doors by the end of October. The 74-year-old Mullally said he will retire.
ABC Supply names new regional fleet specialist
LBM distributor ABC Supply has promoted Bert W. Maldonado to regional fleet specialist for the company’s Southeast region. Maldonado is now responsible for all of the 67-branch region’s vehicles and vehicle-related equipment. He also manages the company’s Customer Service Delivery System program in the region. He is based in ABC Supply’s regional office in Raleigh, N.C.
Maldonado most recently served as delivery service manager at ABC Supply’s Pensacola, Fla. store. He joined ABC Supply in 2005 as a delivery driver for the Pensacola branch.