One year after eliminating six locations, Meek’s closed its stores in Mount Vernon and Nevada, Mo., on Nov. 4.
Operations in Mount Vernon are being consolidated at its Monett, Mo., yard 18 miles away, while Nevada customers will be served from El Dorado Springs, Mo., 19 miles away.
Spokesperson Trent Waterhouse attributed the consolidations to optimizing delivery efficiencies, made possible by improvements in delivery technology over the last year. The customer bases of both stores were 90% professional builders and contractors, who were primarily served in the field by a network of outside salespeople.
“A rooftop is going away, but we spend most of our time going to see our pros face to face,” Waterhouse said.
All employees at both stores have been offered positions at other locations.
Meek’s Midwest Division continues to operate 28 locations in Missouri and Arkansas, while its Western Division has 15 branches in California and Nevada.