Conversion of RONA Grandview to Lowe's
Store holds a Job Fair on September 23rd to fulfill 40 new jobs in anticipation of this conversion
Boucherville, QC – September 13, 2017 – Lowe’s Canada announced today that its Grandview RONA Home and Garden store in British Columbia will convert to the Lowe’s banner. The Grandview store, located at 2727 E 12th Avenue in Vancouver, will undergo an extensive renovation and re-merchandising of the existing store which is expected to be completed by the beginning of March 2018. This will create 40 additional permanent full time & part time positions, as well as a few seasonal contract roles.
Starting on October 23, 2017, the Grandview store will undergo an extensive 16-week physical transformation to the new model of Lowe’s stores in Canada which will involve construction, departmental sequencing of new racking and re-merchandising, branding and IT conversion. As well, Lowe’s is investing in its people with extensive employee training focused on new product knowledge and customer service.
“The store will remain open during the conversion and we are committed to minimizing any impact on customers so that we can continue to offer the best shopping experience possible during the store transformation,” confirmed Guy Beaumier, Interim Executive Vice President, Lowe’s Canada Big Box Retail.
Lowe’s will be holding a Job Fair on Saturday, September 23rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the RONA Home & Garden store located at 2727 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver. The store will employ a total of 135 permanent roles, with about 95 of those roles being filled by the existing RONA employees, and another 40 new positions that will need to be hired. Available positions include Department Managers, Sales Specialists, Customer Service Associates, Appliance Sales Specialists, a Head Cashier, Cashier/Returns Associates, Night Crew, a Receiving Clerk, Janitor/Maintenance, and a few seasonal contract roles.
Interested candidates are invited to bring their resume and attend the Lowe’s Job Fair to learn more about available employment opportunities and apply in person. The store’s management team will be onsite ready to accept applications and conduct on-the-spot interviews. In some instances (when possible), offers of employment will be made onsite to successful applicants. Those unable to apply in person can go to www.lowes.ca/careers at any time to submit their application.
“We are excited to be growing in Vancouver and have a lot of great employment opportunities available,” said Fred Pagotto, Market Director of B.C. Stores, Lowe’s Canada Big Box Retail. “The new Lowe’s will create many new jobs in Vancouver and we are committed to filling as many positions as possible locally. We are looking for passionate people who are ready to help our customers love where they live, and achieve their project goals and dreams.”
An enhanced shopping experience
Customers of the Grandview store can look forward to an enhanced shopping experience including expanded assortment and access to well-known brands such as Kohler, John Deere and Whirlpool, as well as the introduction of new categories such as appliances. Lowe’s also features established private label brands such as Kobalt and Allen & Roth, which offer great quality at affordable prices. In addition, Lowe’s has strong seasonal programs for its Patio and Holiday collections, top of the line installation programs across many categories, protection plans for products such as appliances, tools and outdoor power equipment, and a superior online program which includes Click & Collect for in-store pickup, local truck delivery and parcel shipping.
The new store will also offer an enhanced shopping experience for Commercial customers including the introduction of the Contractor Rewards Program and charge accounts that will allow them to make purchases at any RONA Corporate store in Western Canada, as well as new model Lowe’s stores with only ‘one’ monthly invoice for all purchases made from these stores. Enhanced assortment in key contractor categories include lumber, building materials, millwork, tools and hardware.
The new Grandview Lowe’s will feature 114,628 square feet of retail sales space and an adjacent Garden Centre with 19,025 square feet. The store will employ more than 130 permanent jobs and approximately 30 to 40 seasonal contract positions, and is currently looking to hire an additional 40 full-time, part-time & contract employees. Interested candidates can visit www.lowes.ca/careers for more information and to apply.
About Lowe's Canada
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers.