ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Several Ace Hardware Stores in Robertson County and surrounding areas have suddenly closed without warning or notice. It appears that their last day of operation was Saturday.
To further the mystery, lots of people that claim to be directly connected to the stores will talk but no one will talk on the record due to fear, including one city leader.
A quick search on Facebook and Google will reveal lots of comments and curiosity about the closings but there are few concrete facts available at the moment.
Here are the facts we do have.
First, the closings have affected 5 Ace Hardware Stores including White House, Springfield, Hendersonville, Donelson and Mt Juliet.
We checked White House, Springfield and Hendersonville and confirmed that all three are closed with the windows covered but only one offered any kind of information. On the door of the Hendersonville store is a note (in-all-caps) that reads; “STORE CLOSED TIL FURTHER NOTICE.”
Second, on the Ace Hardware of Donelson’s Facebook page, someone posted a comment asking if the store was closed. Someone with admin status to the page replied “Just temporarily. Will soon reopen.”
Third, the Springfield Ace Hardware LINKBackup LINK and the Ace Hardware in Mt Juliet LINKBackup LINK (or at least the property’s) have had listings on Loopnet, a commercial property real estate website.
Forth, Businesses near by the Mt Juliet store were told by someone that the store was closed for two weeks.
Fifth, If you search for the Donelson and White House stores on Google Maps it says- “Permanently closed“.
Sixth, someone has very nicely covered all the windows and glass doors with brown paper. This is a very common method used when a business is transitioning.
Smokey Barn News reached out to the White House Chamber of Commerce and they too are in the dark. According to White House Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mandy Christenson, the community and local businesses that rely on Ace Hardware have been reaching out to her for answers. The callers are concerned that White House could be losing Ace hardware but at the moment she has little to tell them.
“They want information and of course we don’t have information to provide them right now. We would like to know what to tell people as well but we realize that during transition times sometimes things take a little bit longer then anticipated.”
“There’s going to be a void in our community for the services they provided,” Christenson said. “We would like everybody to know that they are a valuable part of the community.”
Smokey Barn News also reached out to the last known owner we had on record which is Tri-Core and we have yet to receive a reply.
Surrounding stores in Portland, Goodlettsville and Gallatin are unaffected by the closings. On the Facebook page for the Ace Hardware located in Portland a note reads; ‘”YES, WE ARE OPEN”
The Portland Ace Hardware, which is located just a few miles North of the White House store, MAP, released the following statement about the closings.
“We wanted to let our customers know that we are unaffected by any of the store closings. We are all individually owned and Portland Ace Hardware is our only location. We are open for business as normal. (m-f 7am-6pm sat 7am-5 ) In the meantime, if you have any Hardware needs, we would appreciate the opportunity to serve you.” Trent Randolph (owner of Portland Ace Hardware)
Why the decision was made to offer no real communication about the transition is a bit of a mystery. As soon as we have more information we will bring it to you.
If you have any information about this story call 615-513-9844.
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