Local Acklands-Grainger location to close
It appears Acklands-Grainger in Canada has become a victim of its own online success as the industrial supplier announced it would be closing 57 stores across Canada, including the location on Highway 9 South in Drumheller.
According to a press release, the company is evolving with use of technology in responding to consumer needs.
“Today, the company takes an increasing number of orders online and by phone, and ships a majority of orders to customers directly from a major distribution centre,” the company states. “With these changes, Acklands-Grainger is able to provide a high level of service without a storefront in many communities.”
Acklands-Grainger in Drumheller will be winding down its operations in July of this year. The company says the closure will affect three permanent roles, and those leaving the company have been offered assistance in transitioning to the next step of their careers, states the release.
“For the past several years, despite a challenging operating environment, we have continued to invest in systems, distribution capability and talent. Closing branches, while exceptionally difficult, is part of our plan to reduce costs in the channels customers use less frequently, while capitalizing on investments that allow us to serve customers the way they have told us they want to be served,” said President of Acklands-Grainger John Kaul.
With closure, there will be 75 remaining stores across Canada operating. Acklands has operated in Drumheller since 1988, and the area will continue to be served by a team of local sales representatives.