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Westlake Ace Hardware will close its Lenexa distribution center

Westlake operates 85 stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. It is the largest member of the Ace Hardware cooperative.
Westlake operates 85 stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. It is the largest member of the Ace Hardware cooperative. The Kansas City Star

Westlake Ace Hardware said it plans to close its Lenexa distribution center by July 31, 2015.

The 265,000-square-foot facility, which also houses the company’s headquarters, is at 14000 Marshall Drive. Westlake said its executive operations will remain at the Lenexa location.

Westlake said it hopes to find a tenant to lease the building. About 20 jobs will be affected by the closing, but the company said it is trying to find positions for those employees at Westlake or elsewhere.

Closing the distribution center will help Westlake “better leverage efficiencies from direct-merchant shipping and distribution from the Ace Hardware supply chain,” Tom Knox, Westlake’s president and chief executive, said in a statement.

Westlake operates 85 stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. It is the largest member of the Ace Hardware cooperative.

| The Star

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