Edmonds’ downtown Ace Hardware store in Old Milltown is liquidating its inventory immediately and closing as of June 1. According to a letter released by the store’s manager, Jared Burris, today, the closure is due to the inability of the building to support the weight of a hardware store. We will follow up with more details as they become available.
Here is the letter:
The Edmonds Ace Hardware store is liquidating its inventory and closing its doors, effective immediately. The liquidation will be handled by Wingate Liquidators from the store’s location at on the second floor at 201 5th Avenue South.
Edmonds Ace hardware has enjoyed tremendous support from the community since it opened in 2009. Unfortunately, when the building was renovated, it was not designed or constructed to support the weight of a hardware store. Edmonds Ace Hardware worked closely with the developer and was assured by the developer’s team that the floor could easily support the store, but we recently learned that this is not true.
Parts of the store including the paint section exceeded the allowable loads for the floor. We have worked with Cascade Bank, which took the property back from the developer, to find a way to repair the floor and keep Ace Hardware in the space. Unfortunately, the necessary work would require Ace to move out of the space for many months and would disrupt other tenants for months as well.
The building was designed and constructed for normal office and retail use. Now that the paint and other heavy items have been removed from the floor, the building is safe. Edmonds 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.
We have looked, but found no other downtown location for a hardware store. The Old Milltown building presented a unique opportunity to offer a downtown hardware store. Cascade Brank has graciously given us until June 15 to complete the inventory liquidation. We would like to thank our loyal customers with big discounts.
We would like to thank Edmonds for its patronage and support. Thanks to you, the store has done very well, and we would not be leaving but for the problem with the floor.
Edmonds Ace Hardware