It's something we've been speculating about for a while now, but Lowe's just confirmed it will close 34 more stores across Canada over the coming months. They plan to shutter locations across the country, including 26 RONA stores, six Lowe's operations and two Reno-Depots by February 2020.
As you might remember, Lowe's closed 27 stores last year, and RONA locations were primarily affected then, too. This time around, we'll see closures in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. The good news, though? According to media reports, clearance sales will begin on Nov. 21.
The hardware company lists these stores as "underperforming" and says the closures are part of an overall corporate restructuring program. We're not sure yet how many employees will be affected, or if Lowe's plans to transfer any workers to other locations. Last month, however, Lowe's cut 60 accounting jobs in Quebec.
Which Lowe's locations are closing?
Most of the closures are happening in Quebec, where 12 stores will shut down for good. Ontario and Alberta are the next hardest hit, as they'll lose nine and six stores, respectively. Three locations will close in both British Columbia and Nova Scotia, along with one in Saskatchewan. A full list of closures is below.
Ontario: nine stores will close by Jan. 31, 2020
- Lowe's Etobicoke – North
- Lowe's Thunder Bay
- Lowe's Cornwall
- RONA Brockville
- Home & Garden RONA (Cambridge)
- RONA Mississauga (Rockwood Mall)
- Reno-Depot Aurora
- RONA Oshawa
- RONA Ajax
Quebec: 12 stores will close by Jan. 31, 2020
- RONA Granby
- RONA Sorel
- RONA Bécancour
- RONA Nicolet
- RONA Saint-Tite
- RONA Trois-Rivières
- RONA Saint-Félix-de-Valois
- RONA Carignan
- RONA Saint-Lambert
- RONA Saint-Sauveur
- RONA Bellefeuille-Saint-Jérôme
- Réno-Dépôt Trois-Rivières
British Columbia: three stores will close by Jan. 31, 2020
- Lowe's Prince George
- RONA Surrey (Newton)
- RONA Osoyoos
Alberta: six stores will close by Jan. 31, 2020 (except for Shawnessy, which closes on Feb. 19, 2020)
- Lowe's Calgary – Shawnessy
- RONA Airdrie
- RONA Calgary (Midnapore)
- RONA St. Albert
- RONA Sherwood Park
- RONA Edmonton (Ellerslie Road)
Saskatchewan: one store will close by Feb. 19, 2020
- Lowe's Regina – North
Nova Scotia: three stores will close by Feb. 19, 2020
- RONA Dartmouth (Windmill Road)
- RONA Dartmouth (Harbour)
- RONA Bedford
In the meantime, though, Lowe's is already running their Pre-Black Friday Deals for 2019! For a limited time, select products are up to 50% off, including smart home devices, Christmas decorations and appliances.