84 Lumber store in Jessamine has closed

NICHOLASVILLE — The 84 Lumber store on Hendren Way in Nicholasville closed Monday so it could be consolidated with another store on Palumbo Drive in Lexington, a company spokeswoman said.

"The Lexington store has rail service and it can better serve that entire region," said Robyn Hall, public-relations manager with 84 Lumber's corporate office in Pennsylvania.

In all, 20 stores were closed across the country on Monday, Hall said.

Elsewhere in Kentucky, the Crestwood store was consolidated with a Louisville store, and the Bowling Green and Hopkinsville stores were consolidated into the Russellville store, Hall said.

"In Bowling Green, there were only 279 single-family housing permits through August of this year," she said. "Our standard is we look at 3,000 housing starts annually when we open a store. That's significantly below that margin."

Hall did not know how many employees were affected by the Nicholasville closing.

"Typically, whenever we have consolidations or closings, we do our best to give all the associates the opportunity to relocate to other stores," Hall said.

With headquarters in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber Co. is the largest privately held supplier of building materials to the new-home construction market. It operates more than 300 stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest.