Do-it-yourselfers in Clyde will no longer have Carter Lumber to meet their construction needs.
The company closed its Clyde store on Friday, after 33 years in the community, said David McCafferty, vice president of marketing for Carter Lumber.
The store employed seven people full time.
The company has decided to close 26 stores in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Indiana as part of a long-term business strategy.
Carter Lumber executives are looking to strengthen the stores in markets with strong growth potential, such as in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and southern regions. In the past 18 months the company has opened stores in eight markets where new housing is on the rise, including Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.
“Sometimes, we make this business too complicated,” Kip Gleckler, senior vice president of field operations, said in a prepared release. “Look at the markets, pick the best location and hire talented people to service a 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.”
Some of the employees at the Clyde store will continue to work for the next several weeks as they prepare to shop inventory to other locations, McCafferty said.
The employees will receive a bonus and they may be reassigned to other Carter stores, although McCafferty said he doesn’t know for certain if the workers at the Clyde store will be offered jobs at other locations.