Acklands-Grainger to close doors at 5 p.m.

Industrial supply store one of several across Canada closing doors in recent months

The industrial supply chain Acklands-Grainger will be closing their doors in Williams Lake today, Friday June 8 at 5 p.m.

While shelves inside the store are quickly emptying, there is a “blowout pricing” sign on the door announcing up to 90 per cent off what is left.

“Like many retailers and distributers, the company takes an increasing number of orders online and by phone, and ships a majority of orders to customers directly from major distribution centres,” the company said in a statement.

“Acklands-Grainger has invested heavily in these capabilities, and is now able to provide the same level of service without a storefront in many communities.”

The Williams Lake branch of the company has been in the community since 1983, and the company said the closure of the branch will result in the departure of two team members from the organization.

“Our business is evolving along with changing customer preferences. We have invested heavily in distribution capability, systems and e-commerce — all with an aim of serving customres the way they want to be served,” said Dave Lagoner, vice-president and general manager of Acklands-Grainger.

“With these investments, we have also made the difficult decision to reduce cost in the channels customers use less frequently.”

Acklands-Grainger said it will remain active in Williams Lake through a team of local sales and service representatives.

In 2017, the company announced it would be closing 59 of their 144 branches in Canada.

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