Ace Hardware is working with four Giant Eagle supermarkets in Pennsylvania to open hardware stores within the grocery stores.
“We can confirm that select Giant Eagle locations in the Pittsburgh area will be integrating Ace Hardware stores,” Ace Hardware says in a written statement. “Our experience with store-within-a-store concepts at other retailers, and Giant Eagle’s shared commitment to quality, service and convenience, make them a natural fit for Ace Hardware.”
Ace Hardware stores will be added to Giant Eagle locations in the Irwin, Allegheny Towne Center, McIntyre Square and Shaler areas, with the first opening by summer, according to Ace.
Grocery and hardware combination stores have been successful for Ace retailers in other markets. For example, E&H Hardware in Ohio has operated joint grocery and hardware store locations for years.
Giant Eagle is a supermarket chain with more than 400 locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, according to the company’s website. The grocery business appeared in the 2017 edition of Forbes‘ “America’s Largest Private Companies” list, ranked at No. 31 with $9.3 billion in revenue.