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Ace Hardware Closing

The downtown Edmonds store plans to close its doors in two months.

Ace Hardware in downtown Edmonds plans to close in two months. The store will begin a liquidation sale on Thursday, and it will be handled by Wingate Liquidators.

Ace Hardware moved into the storefront, which is at 201 5th Avenue S, just two years ago.

In a letter to customers, Ace Hardware said they decided to close the shop because parts of the building's floor can't support the weight of the inventory sold at a hardware store.

"Unfortunately, when the building was renovated, it was not designed or
constructed to support the weight of a hardware store," the letter reads.

In the letter, Ace Hardware representatives say they worked with building owner Cascade Bank to find a way to repair the floor and remain in the space. However, the company ultimately decided that the construction work would require Ace to leave the location for several months, making renovation unfeasible.

"Ace Hardware and Cascade Bank concluded that is just did not make economic sense to spend the time and resources to upgrade the building when it was already usable as retail and office space," the letter says.

Ace Hardware has searched for a new downtown location but hasn't found a suitable space. The store plans to complete the inventory liquidation by June 15.

Susan April 12, 2011 at 09:19 PM
It is just my opinion but it was a great mistake renovating the Old Mill Town building. Not just from the Hardware Store moving but from all the unused retail space and it has been an eye sore for so many years now that it is hard to remember when the building was older but at least quaint and unique. I hope this can at least serve as an example to other project that newer is not always better. They tore up the building and tore up the garden out front and totally lost the frontier spirit that was present before the building was remodeled.
marv behar April 12, 2011 at 09:27 PM
After having a business in Edmonds for eight years, and watching other businesses come and go, I was very surprised when a Ace Hardware store went into the top part of a newly remodeled building. Their already had been in the past two other hardware stores that coulndn't survive the close competiontion of Home Depot at Aurora Village, Lowe's in Lynnwood. Shoppers are very price concious and in there mind, the stores in Edmonds were not price competitve, in fact when I had my furniure store which started in 1964 and closed in 1972 because of the lack of local support,[ not even many of the then business owners shopped with me, if any] even though I made it a point to do all my shopping in Edmonds. When the new Ace Harware store went in I couldn't believe it, my prediction then was, it's not going to work. I feel bad for the owners because they really mad a fine effort to bring a quality business to our small town, and of course the housing markets tumble had to make it doubley tough to support such a large and expensive opperation. I wish them the best in getting the store liquidated and moving on. How about helping them to come out of this by buying the inventory balance and putting this bad experience behind them, the locals owe them that much. From my past experience of being a business owner in Edmonds and a past chamber president, if you want this beautiful small town to survive, shop at home, these small business owners need your support. Sincerely Marv Behar
KATHY PERKINS April 13, 2011 at 04:07 PM
I am very sad to see Ace leave. I have loved not having to go to Lowes or Home Depot for the last two years. I will miss the friendly greetings and the fun banter when going in to Ace. I still miss Old Mill Town and hate the look of the new building. I try to shop locale when ever possible and hope that everyone will so the same... Kathy Perkins
maryann April 14, 2011 at 03:37 PM
It's a pity, me and my husband are new in Edmonds and we loved shopping there because of their friendliness and expertise. Price is not always the answer. I have worked in a family business therefore I do understand the importance of supporting local businesses. Best of luck for the owners and we will sure pay them a visit to help liquidate.
Larry Vogel April 15, 2011 at 02:18 AM
I join the ranks of the very-sad-to-see-Ace-leave-Edmonds crowd. I loved the convenience, the personal service, the competitive prices, the wide selection. I went down today on the first day of the liquidation sale. What a mob scene! Brought to mind a swarm of seagulls picking over a dead carcass. So I jumped right in and spent $300 on stuff I'd needed anyway, plus a few things I didn't. I left with a bittersweet taste in my mouth. So...I guess it's back to dealing with the evil empire of the big box hardware stores....{{{{{sigh}}}}
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 15, 2011 at 04:16 AM
It's always sad to see any Hardware store close.

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