The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Business

September 7, 2013

Carter Lumber closes without warning

Contractors surprised by abrupt closing

ANDERSON, Ind. — Carter Lumber has closed its Anderson location.

The business, located at 5625 Drive Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., shut its gates at the entrance of their lumberyard and began turning customers away on Tuesday.

The company gave customers no notice of its closing.

“They said they could no longer be competitive in the Anderson Market,” said Lawrence Johnson. “We were surprised to find out this morning that they were closed and that they are going to consolidate with their Noblesville store.”

Johnson is the president of the Madison County Builders Association, a general contractor and the owner of Mustin Builders. He said he purchased his framing material and roofing supplies from the regional lumber yard and will now have to take at least a portion of his business to Lowe's Home Improvement or Menards.

“My account is still open with Carter Lumber wherever they are,” said Johnson. “I’m not closing my account with Carter Lumber, but this is going to make doing business with Carter Lumber a little more inconvenient.”

According to a 2012 study of more than 6,000 consumers conducted by Empathica Inc., a customer experience analyst, 93 percent of all U.S. consumers visit a big box retailer at least once a month, with seven out of 10 consumers visiting more than three times. Big box stores, or supercenters, offer a variety of merchandise in one location and include stores like Walmart and Menards. The survey showed that the most important factor in choosing a big box retailer is price with 12 percent listing convenience as a determining factor.

Carter Lumber officials at the company’s headquarters in Kent, Ohio declined to comment on the closing. According to its website, the company operates 150 stores in 10 different states with approximately 16 stores located in Indiana.

“Twenty years ago, we had five lumber yards in Madison County. That was before Lowes and Menards came to town,” Johnson said.

Text Only
Local Business
  • NWS- HB0731 - Elwood Band 2 Elwood band plans march to Emerald City Like toy soldiers on an imaginary battlefield, members of the Elwood Jr./ Sr. High School marching band stood poised for action, silhouetted against a dying sun Tuesday night.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • boynton, brandon photo Teen receives funding for business venture Brandon Boynton is moving forward with his business dreams, thanks in part to a local working capital loan and a fundraising campaign.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Senior housing project advances If all the pieces fall into place within the next two weeks, construction on a new senior housing development could begin this fall.

    July 30, 2014

  • Roundabout bids higher than expected Bids for a planned facelift of the gateway into Anderson from Interstate 69 at Scatterfield Road came in considerably higher than the engineer’s estimate for the project.

    July 29, 2014

  • FEA - HB0729 - Senior Falls Aging safely in the comfort of her home Marilyn Moneyhun said being totally reliant on others is difficult. "Losing your independence is a shock to your system," Moneyhun, 84, said. "You are not in control anymore."

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0728 - business expansion CB Fabricating makes $2 million investment

    A local business founded in 2006 has invested $2 million in new equipment and a building expansion.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charo Boyd: 'My Social Security' simplifies your life So many people buzz through extremely busy and complicated schedules these days. A smartphone in one hand, a computer in front of you, and a digital task list that never seems to end. In addition, to complicate things just a little more, there’s another event you need to add to your list — National Simplify Your Life week.

    July 28, 2014

  • nws - hb0725 - colts - jc - 4.jpg Colts camp's impact: pricey or priceless?

    Football fever is here and the city is flooded with fans eager to catch a glimpse of a favorite player. But officials say they are unclear what kind of economic impact the Indianapolis Colts training camp has on the area.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0727 - Skill gap 2 Seeking a solution today, not tomorrow Tina Warner-Morton says she wants to open her own healthcare business because it is too difficult to work for an employer with unclear employee expectations.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0727 - Cathy Cupboard Biz Profile Business Profile: Cathy's Cupboard focuses on customer satisfaction Cathy McPhearson opened her first storefront in June, but this is not her first venture into business. “I have always wanted to have my own business,” she said. “The problem was finding what people like, but everyone seems to like candles.”

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide