Orchard Supply Hardware closes all of its operations by the end of the year, a spokeswoman for parent Lowe's said on Tuesday.
Orchard's 4000 employees learned of the permanent shutdown on Tuesday, said Jackie Hartzell, a spokeswoman for Lowe's San Jose Mercury News.
Store liquidations begin on Thursday.
There are a total of seven Orchard stores in the central San Joaquin Valley, including Blackstone Avenue in North Fresno, North Figarden Drive in northwest Fresno, Champlanin Drive in northeast Fresno, Kings Canyon Road southeast of Fresno and off the Shaw Avenue in Clovis
More details about the closures are expected to be announced on Wednesday.
Orchard has recently been experiencing financial difficulties [201
Orchard Supply Hardware was founded in 1931 San Jose, according to the company's website.