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Ace Hardware stores in Springfield and White House to re-open

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The Springfield and White House Ace Hardware stores are preparing to re-open again in mid-October under new ownership, according to Ace Hardware spokesperson Kate Kirkpatrick.

The two Robertson County stores, on Central Avenue in Springfield and on Highway 76 in White House, and the Donelson Ace Hardware store, were three of five stores in the Nashville area that closed their doors in August without notice to the public.

The three stores have been purchased by business partners and Steve Curnutte and Darin Workman.

The stores in Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet will remain closed for the time being.

Ace Hardware is a dealer-owned cooperative, with every store being individually owned and operated.

Curnutte and Workman, who now own the Springfield, White House and Donelson stores, also own six Ace Hardware stores throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

Curnutte said he looks forward to the re-opening of the stores in October.

"Last month, five area Nashville stores unexpectedly closed their doors, leaving an enormous need in the community," Curnutte said. "I have lived and worked in the Nashville area for more than 25 years and I love this community - we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and opening some incredible new stores."

As soon as Curnutte and Workman learned about the closure of these five Tennessee stores, they immediately stepped in to offer support to store employees, according to Ace Hardware officials.

For several weeks, the two business partners have been able to employ 16 of the 40 affected associates on continuous payroll, and the duo have plans to hire approximately 33 of the stores' former employees.

Workman said many of the people put out of work in the closings will be rehired.

"Our new stores will have nearly twice the levels of inventory from the prior owners - we go deep on brands and selection so people can really get what they need," Workman said. "We want to bring back as many of the same jobs and as many of the same people as we can - shoppers can expect to find many familiar faces."

The two stores that remain closed, in Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet, will remain closed for now as a result of ongoing lease negotiations.

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