Vermont stores survive closure of 51 Lowes

Vermont stores survive closure of 51 Lowe\s
Rona stores closing in Peterborough and Lakefield
Lowe’s Canada is shutting down 24 Rona stores across Canada, including in Peterborough and Lakefield.

The closure impacts 28 employees at the store on Chemong Road in Peterborough and 12 employees at the store in Lakefield.

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“Lowes Canada will support impacted employees, including by transferring eligible employees to other locations within our network whenever possible. All impacted employees will be supported by our HR team,” states an email from the company to Global Peterborough.

That is investors want to see closures of underperforming physical stores in the age of digital shopping on Amazon, and will reward you with a higher stock price pretty quickly for pulling the trigger. Lowes said Monday it will shutter 51 lagging stores, including 20 in the U.S. and 31 in Canada. The stores span across 13 states in the U.S. and five regions in Canada.

There is no exact date for closure for the two stores, but Lowe’s Canada says all 24 locations will be closed by the end of January.

“While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president, and CEO, in a news release. “We believe our people are the foundation of our business and essential to our future growth, and we are making every effort to transition impacted associates to nearby Lowe’s stores.”

Lowe's Companies Inc. announced this morning that it will be closing 31 stores across Canada, but none of the Barrie-area locations are affected.

The RONA store on Barrydowne Road in Greater Sudbury, and the Black Road Rona location in Sault Ste. Marie. as well as a relatively new Lowe's location in the Soo is set to close as the company focuses on its most profitable stores to improve the overall health of its store portfolio, it said in a news release.

Nine store closures, including seven RONA locations, are expected across Ontario, including Mississauga (2), Sault Ste. Marie (2), Sudbury, Peterborough, Kingston, Lakefield and North York. 

The closures are expected to be completed by February, says the company. It will also close 20 'under-performing' stores in the U.S.

"While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business," said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowes president and CEO, in a release.

Lowes to close 31 locations across Canada – 680 NEWS

************************* MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced the wind-down of certain underperforming store locations as part of its ongoing strategic reassessment. To focus on its most profitable stores and improve the overall health of its store portfolio, the company will:

“While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO.  “We believe our people are the foundation of our business and essential to our future growth, and we are making every effort to transition impacted associates to nearby Lowe’s stores.”

Prince George will not be impacted by the 31 store closures announced by the Lowe’s group of companies.

Lowe’s expects to close the impacted stores by the end of the company’s 2018 fiscal year (Feb. 1, 2019). To facilitate an orderly wind-down, the company intends to conduct store closing sales for most of the impacted locations with the exception of select stores in the U.S., which will close immediately. Lowe’s has partnered with HilcoMerchant Services to help manage the process in the U.S. and ensure a seamless experience for customers.

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The expected financial impact of today’s announcement of $0.28 to $0.34 per diluted share was not contemplated in the business outlook for fiscal 2018 which the company provided on Aug. 22 when it released its second quarter earnings. Additional details regarding the impact of the store closings will be provided in the next quarterly earnings release on Nov. 20.

In total, there are 31 sites that are closing: two regional support centers, a truss plant, a block plant and 27 stores. Within those 27 stores there are 24 RONA stores, 1 Reno-Depot store and two Lowes locations.