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Westlake Ace Acquiring 2 Washington Stores

Westlake Ace Hardware has announced it will acquire Town Center Hardware, which has two locations in Washington.

Town Center Hardware has one location in Kirkland, Washington, and another in Lake Forest Park, Washington.

When the sale is finalized March 8, the stores will be rebranded as Westlake Ace Hardware. Both locations will be remodeled starting in summer 2021.

Westlake Ace currently owns six retail hardware stores in Washington state under the North Bend Ace and Dennis Co. Ace brands.

The two Town Center Hardware stores will retain management and store personnel and continue offering the product brands customers expect from the locations. Current owners Joe and Tim Uhrich are selling the business.

“Westlake Ace is a growing and vibrant brand, and we are excited to continue Town Center Hardware’s outstanding tradition of customer service in Kirkland and Lake Forest Park,” says Joe Jeffries, Westlake president and CEO. “We look forward to showing our new neighbors how we live the Ace Helpful Promise every day by delivering reliable service, helpful advice and products to help them get their projects done right.”

The Westlake chain has been steadily growing through acquisitions. In December, the company announced plans to acquire four stores in Nebraska.

Westlake Ace Hardware has been part of the Ace Hardware Cooperative since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace subsidiary since 2012. Westlake currently owns and operates 145 stores in 12 states.

About Kate Klein

Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

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