Lowe’s to close 31 stores, including Rona locations, in Canada
|globalnews.ca 05 Nov 2018 at 05:18|
Lowe’s Companies Inc is closing 20 underperforming stores in the United States and 31 in Canada as part of a restructuring, the home improvement retailer said on Monday.
Lowe’s, which has trailed Home Depot in sales for years, is in the midst of a turnaround under new Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison, who has promised to remove slow-selling products and end unsuccessful ventures.
The closures include 27 mostly Rona stores in Canada including nine in Ontario, nine in Quebec, six in Newfoundland and Labrador, two in Alberta and one in British Columbia.
The company is already shuttering its Orchard Supply chain of 99 stores, leading to between $390 million and $475 million in write-downs.
Lowe’s, which operates over 2,000 stores in North America, said the latest store closures would be complete by February.
“The store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business,” Ellison said in a statement.