Walmart Canada announced last week that it plans to close its branded tire and lube shops by the end of June 2020. Walmart’s partnership with Mr. Lube will not be impacted by the company’s decision.
Corporate affairs director Adam Grachnik told media that the move will allow Walmart to put a greater focus on accelerating their growth ambitions via in-store, e-commerce and pickup channels while delivering their core business of food, consumables, health and wellness, fashion and general merchandise.
The decision will impact 550 workers and 106 Walmart Canada locations. The 50 Mr. Lube shops that are teamed with Walmart sites will continue to offer service. Stores will also continue to sell automotive products.
Walmart said it hopes to offer new roles to store associates who are impacted by the closure. Workers will be repositioned and retrained to minimize job loss.