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Ace Hardware Exec Rick Whitson to Retire

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Rick Whitson, vice president of distribution, will retire Dec. 31 from Ace Hardware Corp. after 37 years with the company. Whitson has a long history of contributions to the co-op’s retail support area. During his career, he directed the operational startup of the ... Read More »

Q&A: Economist Shares Outlook on 2017

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Jack Kleinhenz is chief economist for the National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association. Formerly with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Kleinhenz is a contributing forecaster to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Federal Reserve Bank of ... Read More »

A Look Inside Sprout, A Children’s Boutique

Children's Boutique

At Steve’s Ace Home & Garden in Dubuque, Iowa, customers can find many unique items. From power tools and garden hoses to cloth diapers and child proofing products, this store has it all. Although the business began as a home and garden center, other businesses ... Read More »

Enduring Traditions: Military Service and Hardware


Residents of Ellicott City, Maryland, patronize Clarks Ace Hardware for reasons beyond their latest home improvement project. Shopping at the store allows them to support a local, family-owned business. The business has a team of hardworking individuals, many of whom are ... Read More »