Sonora’s Ace hardware and lumber store owned by J.S. West is being sold to a Calaveras County retailer.
The store, at 730 S.Washington St., and its merchandise will be sold to Calaveras Lumber as of Sept. 4, according to a county filing. Calaveras Lumber is located in Angels Camp and also operates an Ace Hardware retail franchise.
The move will be the latest in a series of changes over the past three years in the local hardware market. In 2011, Sonora retailer Andy’s Hardware closed its doors after operating for more than 50 years.
Last June, regional chain Orchard Supply Hardware was bought out by mega-retailer Lowe’s but remains open. Lowe’s opened its doors in Sonora in 2010.
The announcement was posted in a newspaper notice to creditors of bulk sale, which is required when some businesses transfer their assets to another party. It describes assets to be transferred as “all stock in trade, furniture, fixtures, equipment and goodwill.”
Messages left with management at the Sonora store and ownership at Calaveras Lumber were not returned to The Union Democrat, and employees did not comment on the sale. J.S. West Vice President Mike West declined to comment.
For the complete story, see the Aug. 21 edition of The Union Democrat.