Alexander Lumber

BLOOMINGTON — Alexander Lumber in Bloomington will be merging into the company's facility in LeRoy, and the Lincoln location also is closing as part of a restructuring announced on Wednesday.

Lincoln store manager Nick Black confirmed the store will shut down by the end of February.

“It’s true and we are disappointed,” he told The Pantagraph on Wednesday. 

The store, located at 910 Woodlawn Road, has four other employees besides Black, who confirmed a liquidation sale would begin in a few weeks. A final closing date has not yet been set, but Black said it will likely be by the end of February.

“I have an idea, but I have to talk with our district manager more first,” he said.

The store offers cabinet design, millwork and building materials.

Liquidation sales will also begin in the Bloomington location next month.

The LeRoy store is located at 208 W. Cherry St.

Alexander operations in Canton, Monmouth, Rushville, and Taylorville also are closing. The company will also merge its Gilman location into its Watseka and Fairbury locations to serve Iroquois and Livingston counties, and nearby Kankakee.

“This is not a decision we make lightly," said Watt Alexander, chairman of Alexander Lumber's board of directors, in a statement. "As a family, we take great pride in the legacy of our lumber company, and we value the employees who work for us. After a comprehensive strategic review of our business, we’ve decided to double down on specific markets we believe offer the strongest opportunity for future growth in a difficult fiscal and economic environment.”

The company was founded in 1891 by John Alexander in Wisconsin.

There are currently a total of 18 retail yards under the Alexander Lumber umbrella, including 15 in Illinois, two in Wisconsin and one in Iowa.

Several businesses in Lincoln closed in 2018, including the town's only Kroger store. Alexander Lumber is the first to announce a closure in 2019.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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