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Unable to withstand the impact of the coronavirus, Granville Lumber Co., Granville, Oh., permanently closed its doors March 31—days shy of its 70th anniversary.
The company, owned since 2013 by Ambassador Enterprises, Fort Wayne, In., had been struggling in recent years due to increased competition from big box stores and a contracting labor pool, but the drop in business due to the pandemic was the “crowning blow.”
Staffers were filling back orders into early April, while the owners contemplated how to dispose of remaining inventory and what to do with the property. Some services will be absorbed by sister company Country Metals, Shiloh, Oh.
Granville’s general manager and former president Dave Rutledge may retire.