Warrnambool timber supplier Dahlsens will close its doors on September 27.
Dahlsens Building Centre management issued a statement on Thursday citing changing market conditions as a reason for the store’s closure.
It said that all staff who worked at the site in White Rock Road in Warrnambool’s Industrial Estate would be made redundant. The firm refused to reveal how many people it employed but it is understood to be about half a dozen.
The store supplies pre-fabricated truss and wall frames, posi-struts, timber, bricks, mesh, plaster, claddings, doors and door handles, fix out, front of wall plumbing, kitchen and bathroom joinery and power tools.
“Changing market conditions mean that businesses need to make some hard decisions to ensure they remain sustainable in the long run,” the statement said.
“Over the last few years we have witnessed flat market conditions and also a change in the demographics of our customer base in Warrnambool and the surrounding region.
“With little indication that these trends will change, it is unfortunately no longer viable for Dahlsens to sustain the operating costs of the Warrnambool store.”
“After careful consideration we have made the decision to close the site, with trading ceasing on September 27.
“This announcement marks a big turning point for Dahlsens in the western region of Victoria and it will be sad to no longer have a presence in Warrnambool as part of our store network.”
Management said staff would be informed about other vacant positions within the organisation and would “receive assistance during this difficult time”.
“For those affected, the company would like to publicly thank them all for their dedication and effort over the years,” the statement said.
The Warrnambool store is part of a chain of 20 stores, eight truss and frame manufacturing sites and one metal roofing centre across Victoria and southern New South Wales. Dahlsens has subsidiaries in Sydney, far north Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
It is the largest independent hardware retailer in Australia. The fifth-generation family owned and operated group opened its first store in Bairnsdale, Gippsland in 1877.