84 Lumber closes Murrysville store
The 84 Lumber store on William Penn Highway in Murrysville has closed.
The 2.5-acre property on the southern side of Route 22 is listed for sale by Pierce Hardy Limited Partnership, according to a sign hanging Thursday on the front gate notifying customers of the closure. That location opened in 1966.
A representative from M.J. Brunner, the marketing firm that represents 84 Lumber, said the company does not comment on individual store closures.
Murrysville Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said that section of Murrysville has been changing along with William Penn Highway itself.
“You go back before the early 1980s, and (Route 22) was a three-lane highway,” Morrison said. “If you took a look at the buildings along there, it's a lot of warehouse-type structures. Several have closed, and with the development of the highway and the volume of traffic, there are higher and better uses for those properties.
“As those properties begin to transition, it opens up new opportunities for other development more suited to the highway,” he said.
Washington County-based 84 Lumber, founded in 1956 by Joseph A. Hardy III, reported nearly $2.9 billion in sales revenue in 2016. The family-owned building materials company, headed by Maggie Hardy Magerko, has more than 250 stores and 5,300 employees across 30 states, according to its website.
Forbes listed the company on its list of America's 250 Best Mid-Size Employers in 2016 and 2017.