The local outlet is among 34 ‘under performing’ stores Lowe’s Canada is closing across the country (six Lowe’s, 16 Ronas, and two Rona-Depots).
The company says the moves comes following a detailed strategic review of its operations. In addition to closing the stores, the company says it will be:
- Undertaking a process to simplify multiple store banners to drive efficiency and reduce operational complexity;
- Reorganizing the corporate support structure across the country to better support store and customer needs; and
- Rationalizing the product assortment to present a more coordinated offering to Canadian customers.
“While making decisions that impact our associates and their families is never easy, closing underperforming stores is a necessary step in our plan to ensure the long-term stability and growth of our Canadian business,” said Tony Cioffi, Interim President of Lowe’s Canada, in a news release. “We are taking decisive action to build a healthy business which will provide us with the flexibility to reinvest in our future growth. This includes having a clear strategy for our banners, built on the strength of our Lowe’s, RONA and Reno-Depot brands. It also means investing in our omni-channel and supply chain capabilities, our web platforms, and our existing corporate stores and affiliated dealer network. Our objective continues to be providing our Canadian customers with the right products and the best service and value across every channel, for the long term.”
The employees affected by these changes will be supported throughout the transition, he said. Given the existing need for personnel throughout the Lowe’s Canada network, eligible employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to a nearby store.
Lowe’s Canada will continue serving customers from markets affected by the closures via other corporate and affiliated dealer stores from its network, as well as its online offering and parcel delivery service.