Carter Lumber closed 26 stores across the nation Friday, including two in West Central Ohio.
The Huntsville store on County Road 130 and the Kenton location on Route 68 were among the many closures.
The Huntsville store, which opened in 1974, had about ten employees.
“During the recent economic downturn, while many competitors were trying to survive, Carter Lumber transformed itself from a $500 million traditional lumberyard, into almost a $1 billion professional lumberyard”, said Carter Lumber President Jeff Donley. “This growth has been fueled by a goal to be number one in every market in which we operate. To make that happen, we have realigned field operations and expanded our footprint in the Midwest, Mid Atlantic, and South regions of the country.”
During the last eighteen months, Carter Lumber has opened new stores in the following markets:
Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chesapeake & Richmond, VA, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Outer Banks, NC.
With housing starts on the rise in the above mentioned markets, success is coming quickly for these new stores.
“Sometimes, we make this business too complicated,” said Kip Gleckler Senior Vice President Field Operations. “Look at the markets, pick the best location and hire talented people to service the customer. It’s that simple, it’s not like we’re saving lives, we’re just shipping lumber and we need to do it better than anyone else. In order to support our growth, we have also consolidated some smaller market stores, reallocated business to other stores in our company, or pulled out of markets that would not be able to support our future growth.”
The closures announced Friday include the following 26 stores:
Van Wert, OH (Lumber & Plumbing)
Akron, OH (Wadsworth Rd.)
Bad Axe, MI
New Castle, IN
Rockport, IN (Kight Home Center)
Eaton, OH (Lumber & Plumbing)
Shelbyville, IN (Lumber & Plumbing)