Hubbard's Hardware to consolidate stores

Hubbard's Hardware will consolidate its operations into one store on Crater Lake Highway this summer.

The store on South Pacific Highway will close in July, and the building will be leased to CDS Publications, which operates next door. All of the employees will move to the north Medford store, which has accounted for the majority of the company's approximately $10 million in annual sales in recent years.

"This has been something in the works for quite some time," said General Manager Bob Seus, who leads the family business. "CDS has been talking with us on and off, and the timing became right for them and us. We couldn't refuse; it was a no-brainer."

The retailer is one of the largest lawn-mower sellers on the West Coast and transferred all those operations to the Crater Lake store three years ago.

"There are a lot of lawn mowers and tractors in Jackson County, and we sell most of them," claimed Seus, the oldest of four brothers running the business.

Lawn mowers generate about 30 percent of the company's revenue, and the north Medford store accounts for 85 percent of the company's sales.

"We normally added seven to nine people in February or March, but in anticipation of this move we didn't do that this year," Seus said. "I feel like we can displace zero people in doing this, plus we'll have a number of people moving inventory and clearing things out."

"We're going to move a lot of inventory, but there's a certain amount of product and fixtures we'll be selling," Seus said. "We'll be holding a moving sale in the next week or so."

— Greg Stiles

Read more in the Mail Tribune on Friday.

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