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Lowe’s, Parent of Orchard Hardware, Closing All Stores Nationwide

Lowe’s will close all Orchard Supply Hardware stores nationwide by February 1, the company announced Wednesday.

Orchard Supply Hardware, founded in 1931 in San José and acquired by Lowe’s in 2013, has 99 stores in California, Oregon and Florida. Lowe’s is closing the stores to focus on its core home improvement business, the company said.

Employees were told about the decision Tuesday and all stores will be open Wednesday for normal business hours. Orchard Supply Hardware stores will have store closing sales beginning Thursday with a plan for all stores to be closed by the end of the company’s fiscal year. Lowe’s will also close a distribution center in Tracy, Calif., the company said.

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— Yet another chain is closing its doors in Cerritos. This time it’s the Orchard Supply Hardware, which is closing every story in California by early next year, its parent company Lowe’s announced. The closure of the Cerritos store on South Street is a sign of the times for brick and mortar stores struggling to compete against giants such as Amazon. On Thursday morning, Sears announced the closure of 46 more stores including a K-Mart in Los Angeles. In announcing the OSH closures, Lowe’s said Wednesday it wants to “focus on its core home improvement business.” The Southland will lose… Read more »

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ORCHARDS, Not at all surprised, tried to spin off from Bullocks Wilshire, knew years ago it would not last. Orchards carried no credit card and the store started to sell clothes, and they just did not have the inventory compared to their parent company of Lowe’s or its major competitor Home Depot, which has an established unions. Really miss the Home Depot’s Expo. That was the true Bullocks Wilshire for Home Depot style. Orchards garden section, reminded me of the vacated garden section at the Target and Gemco stores. Orchards patio section was above average and carried a good line… Read more »