The owners of a hardware store on Madison's far west side said crime in the area is forcing them to close the store.
Owners of Ace Hardware at the Meadowood Shopping Center off Raymond Road and Whitney Way said they're closing because customers are feeling unsafe.
Staff members at Ace Hardware have posted close-out prices and preparing to clear out the entire store after 25 years.
"We were doing what we could. We can't anymore," said Dennis Lochner, Ace Hardware co-owner.
"There's been hugs and tears, because we've gotten to know (the customers)," said Sharon Lochner, Ace Hardware co-owner.
But the Lochners said too many customers have stopped shopping at the store, and now they can't keep the business going.
"They don't want to come to the shopping center anymore for fear of the neighborhood, and that's what's killing our business," Dennis Lochner said.