Malone promoted to VP merch at Lowe’s Canada

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — Nick Malone, formerly senior director of central merchandising for Lowe’s Canada, has been promoted to vice president merchandising for the Lowe’s banner at Lowe’s Canada.

He replaces Alan Blundell, former divisional vice president, merchandising for Lowe’s big box stores and Reno-Depot. Blundell has moved over to head up PetSmart as president of the Burlington, Ont.-based pet food and products retailer. Malone reports to Igor Halencak, EVP central merchandising and global sourcing for Lowe’s Canada.

Malone joined Lowe’s as the company’s supply chain director when it first set up shop in Canada, spending almost 11 years there. After a brief stint at Canadian Tire as assistant vice president for gardening and outdoor tools, he returned to Lowe’s Canada as senior director of central merchandising.

The news follows the announcement earlier this month by Lowe’s Canada that it would close its Mississauga, Ont., offices, affecting up to 200 people there. A spokesperson for Lowe’s Canada confirms that some jobs will be transferred to the Boucherville head office, as this will allow all teams to be regrouped at the same location.