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San Lorenzo's Orchard Supply Hardware to Close, Employees Say

An employee of the home improvement and garden retailer on Lewelling Boulevard told Patch that the store is expected to close but did not provide details as to when or why.

A San Lorenzo home improvement and garden retailer may be closing according to a store employee.

On Friday afternoon, an employee of told Castro Valley Patch that it is expected to close but did not provide specific details as to when or why.

Several readers also contacted Patch saying they heard this from other employees at the store as well.

Patch called Rick Saunders, Director of Marketing at OSH asking if he could confirm the employees' claim. He did not wish to release any information.

Located at 177 Lewelling Blvd., OSH is one of several businesses in the midst of the Lewelling Streetscape project by Public Works. Project Manager James Chu expects the .

He did not know about the possible closure of the store or whether construction had anything to do with it. 

Castro Valley Patch will update this story as more information is made available.

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Gary Allsebrook July 15, 2012 at 05:18 PM
As all of you know, I am also critical of the planning, and coordination of the street scape projects, in general, but the contractor had some interesting comments (Castro Valley Times) about the county and other players involved- EBMUD & PG&E, in particular. All of the cities that have implemented street beautificaton have revitalized those areas. Yes there were casualties, mostly marginal businesses, but they were soon replaced by better ones. Patience is a virtue...
Gary Allsebrook July 21, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I was in OSH yesterday and 2 different employees informed me that corporate has already sold the building (which they owned) and will close the store in December. The San Leandro store is being updated and is a leased location. The employees have no doubt that the streetscape project dramatically impacted sales. Sadly, the employees will not not be transferred to other OSH stores.
Patti August 07, 2012 at 08:35 PM
did you tell the employee's patience is a virtue?
Ex Associate August 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Those employees will have no problems getting other jobs! Home Depot and Lowes value the Legendary Customer Service"
Ron Lapum April 06, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Is it possible that Pete's could expand into an additional store at this location? On another note, why are ther two sets of light poles and lights in this foolishly conceived street beautification project?

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