After 10 years in business as a staple in the Desert Foothills Plaza shopping center, Foothills Ace Hardware has announced it is closing its doors.

“We are very sad to share that Foothills Ace has closed after 10 years in the Ahwatukee Foothills,” the company posted on Facebook on Jan. 2. “With the many economic challenges of recent years, along with the changing face of the retail hardware business, we have found it necessary to close the doors.

“We will be forever grateful to our wonderful customers and to our amazing Foothills Ace Team.”

More than 50 community members commented on the post with well-wishes for the owners, Kevin Cash and Lindy Lutz Cash. The Cashes have been very active in the community over the past 10 years. Lindy has served as vice chair on the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for years and was nominated by the chamber for the Women in Business award in 2010. The Cashes have also been heavily involved with Festival of Lights in the past.

The couple still owns an Ace Hardware store in Globe, Ariz. which will remain open. They did not wish to comment on the closure.

Alan Swensen, leasing agent for the plaza said the space will not be empty for long. He is already in negotiations with a new Ace Hardware owner to reopen the space following renovations.

The close came as a shock for customers. A sign on the door of the building at the end of December announced the store would be closing for a few days for inventory. It wasn’t until the new year that a new sign announced the official close and encouraged community members to visit Ahwatukee’s other Ace Hardware store at 4730 E. Warner Road.

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Robert Krahulez said he dropped screens from his home off at Ace in December to have re-screened and was shocked when he heard they had closed without returning his screens or his up-front payment. The third-party company that does the screen work for Ace said the store had been collecting money from customers and not paying them for the work for months. They were still trying to work through the debt when the store closed and they received a notice of bankruptcy.

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