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Ace Hardware Will Close this Winter

Only a handful of cars were in the parking lot outside Ace Hardware at 246 Main Street Tuesday afternoon. A giant banner saying "Storewide Sale" hung on the outside of the building and a large sign inside the entrance advertised 20 to 30 percent off on everything in the store. 

Jackie Simmons of Trumbull confirmed what many people in town have already been talking about, Ace Hardware will close. While filling her trunk with items from her shopping cart, Simmons said she went to Ace often and will miss it.

"It's sad that a community store is being shut down," Simmons said. "They were really nice people who worked in there. We went there during Sandy when we needed firewood, batteries and stuff like that.

"The cashier just said it was a surprise to everybody. The lease expires in January, so they'll be there 'till sometime before that. It's pretty empty in there right now — a lot of empty shelves."

Allen Jellife of Monroe lives about a mile-and-a-half away from the hardware store and said he will miss the convenience.

"It's close and it beats the traffic going to Home Depot," he said. "I saw the sale and just thought it was a holiday thing. I didn't know it was closing."

Inside, a cashier confirmed that the store is closing, but referred any comments to a manager who was not in at the time.
Joanne O'Sullivan DeMace November 20, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Have people forgotten that you have Stepney Hardware right up the street! Now there is a successful businessman! Dave is super - has everything you need or will get it for you! Let's support our little guys instead of the big box stores.
Alex November 20, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Very sad to see this store closed. Def. was a great store with good people.
courtneybosch November 20, 2013 at 09:42 AM
That's too bad. Always a shame to see a business close.
Chief Waldo November 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Things must be pretty good in the commercial building rental business for the building owner to let a long time occupant go rather than work to renew the lease.
Crown Royal November 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM
It is a shame to see businesses close indeed. What about the rumors that Maltose wants to open a brewpub? Has anyone heard any further information on that?

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