NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The decision to close Aubuchon Hardware on Church Street "was all around sales,’’ said Steve Gasco, vice president of human resources for the company.
"Aubuchon Hardware has been part of the community in Northbridge for 70 years, and the decision to close wasn’t made lightly,’’ Gasco said.
The company first looked for a better location with space to expand, but was unsuccessful, he said.
Poor sales - quite possibly worsened when a Walmart Supercenter opened about a mile away - forced the decision. “Any kind of box store will push business out of town,’’ Gasco said.
The store’s four employees, including manager June Stanovich and assistant manager Dennis Stanovich, have been offered positions at other Aubuchon locations in Webster, Mass. and Putnam, Conn.
Aubuchon is a chain of about 120 hardware stores in New England and New York. Its Chelmsford store is also closing at the end of this year when a lease on its building expires, Gasco said.
The Aubuchon family owns the Whitinsville building and has listed it for sale with Realtor Marty Greene.
Gasco said the company has received several emails from Aubuchon customers upset about its closure. “We hate to upset people, and we’re sorry we are disappointing our loyal customers,’’ he said.