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.