The closings include four California locations - Aliso Viejo, Irvine, South San Francisco and San Jose.
The company now has 68 Lowe's and 430 Rona stores in the country - part of its network of 2,390 home improvement locations across North America, including Reno-Depot, Dick's Lumber, Contractor First and Ace locations it also owns. As recently as August, Lowe's held a job fair for the store.
The company cut its sales and profit outlook for the year.
Last week, for instance, Lowe's hired Seemantini Godbole, Target's senior vice president of digital and marketing technology, as its new chief information officer.
"New blood in the upper ranks was clearly a catalyst for this decision, as we believe there is a greater willingness on behalf of the leadership team to examine the root causes of underperformance", Jefferies analyst Jonathan Matuszewski, said in a note.
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