The Louisville Hardware store will not be rebuilt by its former owners.
“It is with great sadness that we announce our decision not to rebuild Louisville ACE Hardware,” wrote Larry and Maureen Gulizia. The hardware store was destroyed by fire on November 1st of last year.
The Cassgram quotes the owner “Please trust that we have not reached this decision lightly,” they said.
They noted that new regulations put in place by various government entities to protect the general populace in the last few years played a part in their decision. “Flood plain levels have increased dramatically, requiring a severely elevated building. The American Disabilities Act has stringent guidelines that must be complied with. The State of Nebraska has a new Energy Initiative that will save millions of dollars on energy costs in the long term, but is an additional cost to new construction,” said the Gulizia’s.
These regulations would increase already high construction costs, they said.
“We would like to thank all of you for your support over our 22 years of membership in Louisville’s business community. The many expressions of sympathy and concern since the fire have both humbled and sustained us. We have been honored to serve this wonderful area that we are proud to call ‘Home.’”
Larry is working for the City of Louisville. Maureen has taken a position with Westlake Ace Hardware as a paint department specialist.