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Ace is unlike any other business or franchise opportunity in the world.
The Ace Difference
As an Ace Hardware owner, you gain the support and knowledge of a dedicated and experienced team of experts who provide extensive training to help you make an effective entry into the "DIY" consumer market.
Retailer Owned
Ace retailers are the owners of the corporation and can customize offerings based on customer needs.
#1 Distributor
Owners reap the benefits of a global brand with collective buying power with independent ownership.
Owner Profits
Retailers pay no royalty fees and a portion of the profits get distributed back to them each year.
Is Ace Your Place?
Joining Ace Hardware, you're not just making a business investment, you're joining the Ace family. This comes with these advantages: including owners, store personnel, retail support and corporate employees, there are more than 80,000 members in the Ace Hardware team.
You're Commited to excellence
Ace is focused on wholesale excellence by offering efficient distribution in order to reduce costs and complexity from our retailers for a more efficient business model.
You're Passionate about local customers
Ace store owners take pride in helping people and solving problems for the neighborhood "do-it-yourselfers.
You possess Leadership + decision making skills.
Retail owners understand that to be successful you must be committed to leading and making key decisions.
How We Compete
Each Ace Hardware store competes differently depending on their situation. In most cases, Ace stores are able to compete with big boxes by offering a convenient hardware store experience with exceptional service.
Convenience
Ace stores can be found right in the neighborhood and combine a quick, in-and-out shopping experience with fast checkout.
Service
We can compete with big boxes with knowledgeable associates and the entrepreneurial spirit of its owners.
Quality
With top brands like Craftsman, Weber and STIHL, Ace Hardware stores offer the best brands in home improvement.
The Coolest Stores

Ace Hardware is proud to recognize two local Ace Hardware stores with the company's sixth-annual "Coolest Hardware Store" awards.

Ace is the Place for Veterans

The International Franchising Association created VetFran in 1991 as an organization dedicated to providing U.S. veterans, and their spouses, access to franchising opportunities. Through VetFran, there are more than 5,600 veterans that have become franchise business owners since 2011.

As a benefit for prospective Ace retailers who are also U.S. Veterans, Ace Hardware will waive its $5,000 application fee for qualified U.S. Veterans.

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Ace Women in Retail is an opportunity for retailers to partake in an affinity group that shares ideas, hosts speakers relevant to the industry and business as well as network and connect with fellow retailers. The group continues to be highly recognized by participating retailers as beneficial.

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The Ace Family
Ace stores can be found around the world, from Indonesia to Nicaragua and Anchorage, Alaska to Miami, Florida. Ace stores deliver helpful service in more than 60 countries and in all 50 states.
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