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Ace Hardware ranks No. 6 for third consecutive year on Franchise Times’ esteemed Top 200

Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, is pleased to announce it was ranked No. 6 on the 2017 Franchise Times Top 200, for the third…
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Ace Hardware acquires majority stake in e-commerce startup, The Grommet

Ace Hardware Corporation and The Grommet, today announced that Ace Hardware has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in e-commerce startup, The Grommet. The Grommet operates an e-commerce website…
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Ace Hardware opens door for product pitches from small businesses

Linda Wachter had visions of the past, present and future Wednesday when she was one of 61 attendees invited to pitch her product to an Ace Hardware panel in hopes…
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Belgrade True Value to change affiliates to Ace Hardware

After 21 years, the True Value hardware store located on Jackrabbit Lane will be switching its affiliation company to Ace Hardware, and will be adopting the Ace Super Store setup, which is the company’s largest store size.

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The 5 Best Retail Franchises You Can Buy Right Now

Many of the best entrepreneurs — people like Sam Walton or Steve Jobs — aren’t necessarily tech geniuses, engineers or marketers. They’re salespeople first. They know how to convince others to give their product or service a chance, and then they make the most of that chance.

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Ace CEO: Hurricanes, Plans and an ‘Incredibly Good Enemy’

Ace Hardware’s president and CEO, John Venhuizen, recently sat down with Hardware Retailing for an interview. He discussed weather events that have impacted Ace retailers, strategies for competing with “an incredibly good enemy” in Amazon and the co-op’s opportunities and plans for growth.

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Here’s what it’s like to be a home improvement retailer in the midst of a hurricane

Illinois-based Ace Hardware operates 70 stores in Texas and about 200 in Florida, both states that were recently impacted by hurricanes.

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Companies pitch in for a Harvey recovery – From Gatlinburg to Fort Wayne and beyond, support for the people of Houston

Around the country, the hardware and building supply industry is pitching in for Hurricane Harvey Relief, even as many of the same companies brace for Hurricane Irma. Business owners that have suffered through other natural disasters make particularly compelling arguments for lending a hand to those in need.

One such business is Ace Hardware of Gatlinburg. The store luckily escaped wildfires in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park nine months ago, while businesses across the street were devoured by flames. The company’s facebook post explains what the Tennessee store is doing for Harvey relief:

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Southeast Texas Ace retailers respond to Tropical Storm Harvey, ‘We are here. We are not leaving.’

Ace team puts true meaning to ‘red vested heroes’ during catastrophic storm Southeast Texas is bracing for another round of record flooding and devastation as Tropical Storm Harvey continues its…
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PLMA salute’s Ace’s holiday lights

Ace Hardware announced its private label brand Celebrations has been named a 2016 award winner by the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA). Read More.

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Now playing at Ace Hardware: Makers and Grommets

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware has a new relationship with The Grommet, allowing local Makers to promote their products in Ace stores. Read More.

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Backed by Visa, Ace steps up its rewards

October 3, 2010 | By Ken Clark The ability to bring instant credit to the sales floor of Ace Hardware stores is seen as a powerful new sales tool for…
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Boulder’s McGuckin dropping ties to True Value for Ace

McGuckin Hardware is ending its 30-year partnership with the True Value co-op as of Dec. 31, 2016, and will start buying from the Ace Hardware co-op as of Jan. 1,…
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Survey points to hardware optimism

How optimistic are 765 Ace Hardware retailers surveyed in the recent biennial Retailer Satisfaction Survey? Almost 90% say they “intend to grow and expand operations in the near term,” the…
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Hardware store steps up for the kids

Brooklyn, New York-based retailer Matt Mazzone’s idea to sell chocolate for charity has been a huge hit. It started out local, and sweetened into a national program whereby Ace stores…
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Ace Hardware goes all in on neighborhood stores

A boom in home remodeling has put the spotlight on strong sales at home improvement chains like Home Depot and Lowe’s, but Oak Brook-based Ace Hardware Corp. also is seeing rising sales…
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