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Lowe’s Announces Job Cuts, Relocations

According to The Charlotte Observer, Lowe’s will eliminate and relocate hundreds of jobs in North Carolina.

Approximately 600 full-time employees at Lowe’s corporate offices in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, were told their jobs would be relocated to Lowe’s headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina, which is roughly 60 miles southeast.

Furthermore, the company announced about 80 tech jobs in Wilkesboro will relocate to the company’s data center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Another 12 jobs will be eliminated, and their workload will be shouldered by employees in Mooresville, according to Dan Frahm, Lowe’s vice president of communications.

In addition to the corporate layoffs, Lowe’s is also terminating 207 full-time workers at a cross-dock terminal in Charlotte, according to the Observer. The company will transition labor at the facility to a third party in May. The article describes the facility as “a warehouse where workers stage appliances and other large bulky items like patio furniture,” which enables the company to free up space in stores.

Lowe’s plans to keep the facility open and continue using it as a delivery hub for appliances in order to serve Lowe’s locations in and around Charlotte, according to the article.

Previously, Lowe’s has transitioned work to third-party companies at similar cross-dock terminals in Houston and Charleston, South Carolina.

Frahm says the company will attempt to find new jobs for cross-dock employees who are losing their positions.

Previously, Lowe’s ended its smart home product line and announced a fourth-quarter 2018 net loss of $824 million.

About Todd Taber

Todd Taber
Todd is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. He graduated from Indiana University where he majored in journalism and French. Throughout his career, he has aimed to highlight small businesses and their community value. He joined NRHA in 2017 and now serves on the news and marketing teams. In his free time, he likes to run, spend time with family and travel the country.

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