April 14, 2024

Because the homebuilding sector slows, ironmongery shop chain Rona just lately laid off 25 staff at its Boucherville warehouse.

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“We affirm that we’ve begun the momentary layoff of 25 staff at our Boucherville distribution middle attributable to extra staffing,” a Rona spokeswoman, Valérie Gonzalo, mentioned in an electronic mail to the Journal.

The corporate employs roughly 1,550 individuals at its Boucherville location, which incorporates its headquarters and a big distribution middle.

The housing renovation and building sector has slowed considerably in current months, notably because of the vital rise in rates of interest. In keeping with the Fee de la building du Québec, 35.6 million hours of labor have been labored within the residential sector in August, about 11% lower than in the identical month of 2022.

In Could, the American chain Dwelling Depot, which has a big presence in Quebec, revised down its forecasts for 2023.

Richard Darveau, president of the Quebec {Hardware} and Building Supplies Affiliation (AQMAT), admits that his members’ gross sales have decreased this yr in comparison with 2022.

“Yearly we see a big drop in exercise in {hardware} chain distribution facilities between November and February,” he notes.

No minimize at BMR

Regardless of all this, BMR, one other main {hardware} retailer in Quebec, “has not diminished its workforce in current weeks,” a spokeswoman, Claudie Gervais, assured the Journal.

Recall that Rona grew to become a part of the New York funding agency Sycamore Companions in February. The chain with round 450 shops beforehand belonged to the American large Lowe’s.

In June, Rona introduced it could lay off 500 staff, together with 250 in Quebec.