CORNWALL, Ontario – Our city’s Lowe’s storefront may close as soon as Jan. 2020 following a company-wide strategic review, which has announced the closure of 34 ‘underperforming’ stores across Canada.
Cornwall Seaway News reached out to Lowe’s Cornwall employees and management staff, via phone, email and in-person conversation, but were not given any comments on the matter.
The closure announcement was made following a Lowe’s webcast conference call that employees could take part in at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. A more extensive announcement, which includes North American sales reports and a full list of locations that will be closing, was released on Lowe’s website here. RONA Brockville, along with seven other Ontario locations, and 12 locations in Quebec are included on the list of home-improvement stores that are set to close.
Cornwall Lowe’s opened its doors in early May of 2016, with company officials estimating a $16 million price tag associated with the building’s construction. The store employs approx. 120 to 140 individuals, and an additional 30 to 40 seasonal workers. In November of 2018, Lowe’s announced the closure of 31 stores across the country and Cornwall’s location did not appear on the list.
“Although we still have work to do, I am confident we are on the right path to build a better Lowe’s and generate long-term profitable growth. We are committed to the Canadian market and are taking decisive action to improve the performance and profitability of our Canadian operations…I would like to thank our associates for their commitment and dedication to serving our customers and communities,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO, in a press release.