The company released a statement on Thursday afternoon, August 24.
"At Ace, we strive to offer our customers the best, most helpful hardware stores on the planet," the statement read. "We're very sorry for the inconvenience you may have experienced with the unexpected closure of the following five Ace Hardware stores in the greater Nashville area. These five stores have been operated by an independent store owner, we're working diligently to have them reopened very soon under new ownership."
The Springfield Ace Hardware store, located at 400 Central Avenue in Springfield, has closed its doors, with not much additional information made available.
The store on Highway 76 in White House has also closed.
Signage on the buildings do not indicate the purpose of the closures.
Cole Guthrie, who owns two Ace Hardware stores, including Goodlettsville and Charlotte Pike in Nashville, said the stores are closed until further notice, but he has not been made aware of the purpose of the closures.
"I am very confident they will re-open at some point," Guthrie said. "But I have no information more than that."
Guthrie said Ace Hardware is a dealer-owned cooperative, with every store being individually owned and operated.
"In my case, we are a two-store chain," Guthrie said. "With the Springfield store, it's a five-store chain and all five stores have closed. It's under one ownership."
In addition to Springfield, Guthrie said the stores in White House, Hendersonville, Donelson and Mt. Juliet have all shut their doors.
Guthrie said he is unaware of how or when the stores will re-open, but added his Goodlettsville store is open seven days a week and invites area Ace Hardware shoppers to his store for assistance.