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5 Ways Ace Hardware ‘Takes on the Big Guy and Wins’

Ace Hardware

In an article written for Forbes, customer service and experience expert Shep Hyken discusses how Ace Hardware stores stay competitive in an industry glutted with big boxes. The reasons he credits for Ace’s success are true of many independent home improvement ... Read More »

Westlake Ace to Expand Into North Carolina

Westlake Ace Hardware

The Westlake Ace Hardware chain is expanding into North Carolina. The company, which is an Ace Hardware Corp. subsidiary, is scheduled to close a deal to buy two stores in Raleigh, North Carolina, in mid-July. With the addition of the North ... Read More »

Retailers Seek Opportunities at United Hardware Market

United Hardware

Retailers hit the floor of the 2016 United Hardware June Buying Market, held June 17-19 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, looking for promotional items, new categories and a strong start to the second half of the year. “With the arrival ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Makes Changes to Board of Directors

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware Corp. recently announced changes to its board of directors. This month, co-op stockholders elected one new board member and re-elected two others. The new board member is Kristin Grunder, president and co-owner of Rome Ace Hardware, a single Ace store ... Read More »

Family Business Thriving Nearly a Century Later

When Pete’s Hardware first opened in 1926, the family business’ most frequent shoppers were chicken, rabbit and dairy farmers, as well as fruit growers. Today, the customer base has changed quite a bit, but 90 years later, the family business ... Read More »

True Value Named Best for Customer Experience

A consumer survey has ranked True Value as the top retailer for the experiences it provides shoppers. The co-op has come out on top in the retail category for delivering the best customer experiences, according to the 2016 Temkin Experience ... Read More »

Do it Best Spring Market Focuses on Growth

Do it Best May Market 2016

Independent retailers from more than 50 countries gathered in Indianapolis over the past few days for the Do it Best Spring Market. Besides finding good deals, learning about new products and networking with other retailers, Do it Best Corp. and its ... Read More »

Take a Look–The Q1 Results Are In


First-quarter earnings data is out for The Home Depot, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Ace Hardware Corp. and True Value Co., and the numbers are up for the big-box retailers and the co-ops. Home improvement businesses aren’t suffering the same slumps as clothing stores and other ... Read More »