Frustrated by plummeting sales over the past three years and a neighborhood plagued with gunfire and negative perceptions, the Lochners are closing one of the oldest and largest businesses in the West Side strip mall.
Their Meadowood Ace Hardware will remain closed Tuesday but a liquidation sale starts Wednesday. The store will close by the end of October after a more than 25-year run at the corner of Whitney Way and Raymond Road.
The closing of the 8,000-square-foot store will add another vacancy to a shopping center that already has empty storefronts. It's in the middle of a neighborhood challenged by an increase in low-income residents and crime.