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Eyeing Pros, Ohio Dealer Gordon Slashes Store Count

Gordon Lumber Co., Fremont, Oh., will pare back its retail presence from four locations to one, as it beefs up its contractor building services.

Gordon Lumber Co., Fremont, Oh., will pare back its retail presence from four locations to one, as it beefs up its contractor building services.

The chain has already shuttered stores in Fremont and Huron, Oh., moving excess inventory to its Port Clinton location. Port Clinton will operate as a liquidation center before closing Oct. 31.

That will leave a single store in Genoa, which will become the new corporate headquarters once the Fremont office closes later this year.

“After careful consideration of changes in marketplace trends and practices, the Board of Directors and management team for Gordon have decided to focus our company’s attention solely on supporting the needs of construction industry representatives, such as builders, contractors and remodelers,” said Erin Leonard, president of the 152-year-old company. “We make this change from a position of industry strength and following years of increasing professional sales and services.”

According to Leonard, Gordon has enjoyed robust growth in its pro services, including estimating, component manufacturing, installation and centralized product offerings. Installed sales is another area of growth.

The moves are expected to result in layoffs of about 15 workers.

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