Ace Hardware has plans to close its distribution center near Toledo, Ohio, and move it south to the Columbus area by the end of next year, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
It was a corporate decision to close the facility, which has been in operation since 1973 and currently handles merchandise sold in stores in Ohio, northern Kentucky and parts of Michigan.
The move is planned “in an effort to better serve its independently owned retailers and optimize its supply-chain network,” Ace corporate spokesperson Kate Kirkpatrick said.
Company officials declined to provide details on the location and size of the central Ohio distribution center. The Toledo center employs 100.
There are 13 Ace Hardware stores within 50 miles of Columbus, according to the company’s website.