On Aug. 9, the Ace Hardware-Alameda Station, 417 S. Broadway, announced that it would be closing.
In a news release, the store’s owner, Andy Carlson, attributed the closure to changes in the city of Denver and the redevelopment of the Broadway Marketplace shopping center.
“It is an exciting time for Denver’s growth right now, and soon our location will become a multi-story residential development,” Carlson said in the news release. “During the pandemic, we were an essential business and experienced record sales volume, and we’ve continued to do well the past couple years even with rapidly rising labor costs, growing crime and shoplifting affecting our business. However, a combination of factors including continued supply chain challenges, increasing prices and the redevelopment of the shopping center where we’re located have made it obvious that it’s time for us to make a change.”
The store served Denver’s Baker, Platt Park and Wash Park neighborhoods since 2006. It was owned and managed by Carlson along with his wife, Claudette.
“This announcement is bittersweet because we have become friends with many of our customers over the past 16 years,” Carlson said in the news release. “We consider this neighborhood our home. We will miss our employees, neighbors, customers and friends, and I’m sure they will miss us, too. But we’ve had a good run and are leaving with our heads held high.”
According to the news release, the Carlsons will be investing in an IT infrastructure services company called DilSe.IT, which delivers services to more than 120 customers including more than 40 Ace Hardware stores.
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