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September 1, 2009

Lezzer Lumber closing area store

GROVE CITY — One of Grove City’s anchor stores is closing.

Lezzer Holdings said Tuesday it will close its 20-year-old Lezzer Lumber store in Grove City on Friday due to the ongoing recession and the downturn in the housing industry.

“The market demand is not sufficient to support the number of locations we now operate,’’ the company said in a news release.

With 92 percent of the company’s business coming directly from contractors, Lezzer will be able to service those clients from its Butler store which is about 15 miles from Grove City, said Bill Thomas, a Lezzer spokesman.

Located on Industrial Drive, the Grove City store employs about 25 and the sales force will be moved to Butler but seven jobs will be permanently eliminated from the Grove City location, Thomas said.

Opening in 1989 Lezzer’s Grove City store quickly became a staple in the community.

Based in Curwensville, which is about 10 miles southeast of Dubois, Lezzer Holdings continues to operate nine Lezzer Lumber stores throughout Pennsylvania along with five manufacturing plants.

Lezzer Lumber was founded in 1927 as the Sandri-Lezzer Lumber and Farm Machinery Co., according to the company’s Web site. In 1949 Michael H. Lezzer and his sons, Maurice and Kenneth, bought the lumber portion of the business and called it Lezzer Lumber Co. which eventually evolved from a traditional lumber yard to a home center.

The company is now operated by the Lezzer family’s third generation.

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