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Ace Names This Year’s Coolest Hardware Stores

Ace recently recognized six member stores with the company’s third-annual “Coolest Hardware Store” awards. Of 4,700 locally-owned and operated Ace Hardware stores worldwide, these stores were named during Ace’s annual Platinum Conference held in Las Vegas this week:

  • Ace Hardware of Ahoskie; Ahoskie, N.C.: Ace Hardware of Ahoskie offers a robust paint department as well as a huge selection of outdoor furniture and one of the most distinctive gift shops in the community.
  • Carmel Ace Hardware; Carmel, Calif.: Carmel Ace Hardware features two unique store front entrances providing a boutique-like feel to each area and a real redwood trees inside the store.
  • Crosslake Ace Hardware; Crosslake, Minn.: Crosslake Ace Hardware features a “man cave,” complete with top power equipment brands including Husqvarna®, Toro® and Craftsman®. It also has a fully-stocked appliance room with a working kitchen shaped like a Chris-Craft® boat.
  • Keith’s Ace Hardware; Waco, Texas: This store offers a wide selection of niche categories, such as a robust hunting department featuring products ranging from deer blinds to pocket knives.
  • Lutz Ace Hardware; Lutz, Fla.: Lutz Ace Hardware features a wide range of services and products, including a fully stocked pool supply department, as well as a 2,500 sq. ft. specialty gift boutique called E.L.L.A.
  • Parkrose Ace Hardware; Portland, Ore.: Parkrose Ace Hardware is known for its large fastener department, unique rentals from the Ace Rental Place and its full line of Weber® Grills.


About Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell
Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

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