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Chews Landing Road Ace to Close

The hardware store has an Oct. 1 target date for its shutdown.

The Chews Landing Road Ace hardware store will close its doors for good sometime over the next few weeks.

The store is targeting an Oct. 1 shutdown, manager Jeff Capps confirmed.

Ace has had a store in the Market Place shopping center for about five years now.

The store's final day of business could come a little before or a little after Oct. 1.

"It just depends how quickly we can get stuff out of here and get everything else packed up," the store manager said.

Ace is running an inventory liquidation sale, with regular prices cut by as much as 80 percent, to expedite the shutdown process, which must be completed by Nov. 1 at the latest.

The area franchise also includes locations in Hammonton and Tuckerton.

Inventory that is not sold by the Chews Landing Road store's final day of business and other equipment in the store here will be moved to the two other locations, as will some, but not all, employees at the local store.

"A lot of good people are going to be losing jobs," Capps said. "Some will be moving to the Hammonton store, but others will be out of jobs. There's already enough people unemployed. We don't need any more."

Ace began as a small chain of Chicago-area hardware stores in 1924. The company became a "retailer-owned cooperative," with franchisees, in 1976.

Ace currently has more than 4,600 stores open in 50 states and 60-plus countries.

Despite a struggling economy and the imminent closing of the local store, Ace Hardware Corporation as a whole has had a good 2011.

It has already opened 87 new franchises in 2011 and plans to have opened a total of approximately 110 stores by year's end, according to Kate Kirkpatrick, Ace public relations manager.

matt dougherty September 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Too bad, ACE is a nice store, but lowes and home depot has killed all mom and pop hardware stores and now ACE ! Prices were a little high also ! Another one bites the dust !
Joshua Berry September 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Yes their prices were higher but they are very close and their staff very helpful. If I needed a quick "something" for a project I was working on, I spent the extra and went there. It's a shame they are closing. That is the second hardware store in that location to close since I moved here in '99.
Darren Gladden September 20, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Damn another empty building in TOWN ........hey Kenny CARE TO REPORT something for heaven sakes man I have not heard anything GOOD all YEAR . How much do you make again SIR .Your title is again SIR ....."Director of Community Development & Planning.".....OOOOOO do us the taxpayers pay him money YES we do.. Well SIR Kenny you are not doing your JOB in this town I'm putting you on NOTICE SIR when I win in November SIR we need to have a sit down .....Just care people I do .....Vote Gladden you will be Glad you did cause Darren Gladden has nothing to Lose ........ http://youtu.be/t1v7r8pLXqw
Darren Gladden September 20, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of the Planning and Community Develop-ment Department; with the Principal Planner and staff, develops, implements and monitors long-term plans, goals and objectives focused on achieving the City’s mission and Council priorities; directs the development of and monitors performance against the annual department budget and the City’s Capital Improvement Plan budget; manages and directs the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, policies, systems and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards........Well our works standards in TOWN is lacking ........I see the street sweeper maybe once ever 5 years hey can we plan a little better please ....Just care I do
Paul J. DiBartolo September 21, 2011 at 01:53 AM
I'm always up to reconsidering my point of view if presented with an intelligent and logical argument. What is passing here for commentary is making it impossible for others to participate. I thought Sean re-posted the rules. Why don't you two guys ask for a separate blog space and then, by all means, slug it out to your hearts' content.
D polcat September 21, 2011 at 04:04 AM
A small hardware store like ACE could not compete in volumne pricing with Lowes or Home Depot. Higher prices have to be expected especially when the rent is so high. It was the rent that forced Sears and ACE out. For convenience, selection, and knowledgable employees ACE was worth most of the prices.
Darren Gladden September 21, 2011 at 02:01 PM
How about taxes do you think they are to High ....I do
julia donahue September 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM
Store employees told me that the volume of business was only one reason for the closing...apparently the landlord keeps raising the rents on the properties at the strip mall until businesses can't afford it. Dollar Store was squeezed out of their lease by another business who bid higher on the rent space. $$$$ = greed PS-- I, for one, always liked their policy of greeting customers and asking if they needed assistance, which I usually did -- will MISS the store
Darren Gladden September 22, 2011 at 01:01 PM
You know what I really miss is the Chews landing Mall does anyone remember that place .
OCNJ September 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
The prices were high in there and did not carry quality items. Sears was the best. Another empty store is not ideal.

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