Lo­cal Ack­lands-Grainger lo­ca­tion to close

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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.

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