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BMC West closing Merced location

The Central Valley’s slumped building industry has claimed another victim. After 21 years in business, the BMC West building materials store on W. 16th Street in Merced is closing, the company announced Friday.

BMC West will shutter its Merced and Bakersfield locations within the next 60 days, according to a press release on the company’s Web site. BMC West’s Merced store employs 25 people.

BMC West’s parent company BMHC announced earlier this week that it’s streamlining operations in response to a flagging homebuilding market. The company is combining parts of its BMC West building supplies business with SelectBuild, its construction services operation.