It was a busy openings and closures period for dealers across the country over the past few weeks, including a number of moves involving ProSales 100 dealers. Stock Building Supply, ProBuild, Carter Lumber, and Meek's all either closed or announced the closure of at least one location. Parr Lumber added an opening.
Stock, No. 7 on the ProSales 100, will close its North Little Rock, Conway, and Fort Smith, Ark., lumberyards on Dec. 16. Those locations were originally part of National Home Centers, which Stock acquired in 2010. The Raleigh, N.C.-based dealer will continue to operate its lumber facility in Springdale, Ark., and its flooring design center in Conway. The three new closures means Stock has now closed four former National Home Center locations.
No. 2-ranked ProBuild said it plans to close its Smyrna, Tenn., location and remove its lumber, millwork, and component manufacturing operations from the Nashville, Tenn., market on Dec. 16. All it will leave behind is a Gypsum yard in Spring Hill, Tenn. The moves come just over two years since ProBuild announced the opening of the component facility and the doubling of the size of its Smyrna operation.
It wasn't all bad news, however, as a few companies managed to expand and open new locations. Parr Lumber, another ProSales 100 member, based in Hillsboro, Ore., will open a new location in Marysville, Wash., on Dec. 14.
ProSales was also informed of a number of other closures in Northern California that occurred in 2008 and 2009. Those closures included Gabbert Edwards, a wholesale lumber distributor in Sacramento; Piedmont Lumber, with locations in Tracy and Ukiah; ProBuild in Sacramento; and Longfellow Lumber in Chico.