They are your local hardware store, and they're part of your community. Ace Hardware has over 5,000 stores around the world, most of which are independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. These hard-working men and women are part of the fabric of your community. They are small business owners who are local and loyal just as they should be. While others have become large and impersonal, they have remained small and very personal at Ace. That's why they say that a visit to Ace is like a visit to your neighbor.
Ace stores come in all sizes and shapes, based on the needs of each neighborhood. They've got small, urban stores, big rural stores and everything in between. Ace stores offer a wide range of paint, lawn and garden tools, local niche services and virtually anything you ever need to fix, repair and maintain your home. And, of course, Ace is certainly the place with the helpful hardware staff.
In 1924, to increase purchasing power and profits, entrepreneurs Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke and Oscar Fisher joined their hardware stores in Chicago , Illinois, to "Ace Stores." The company was named after World War I ace fighter pilots who were able to overcome all odds. Ace Stores was incorporated in 1928, and a year later the company opened its first warehouse. The name was changed to Ace Hardware Corporation in 1931.
By the end of the 1940s, Ace had wholesale sales of more than $7 million from the 133 stores it had supplied. By its 35th anniversary in 1959, the company had more than tripled that figure, with wholesale sales of $24.5 million from 325 stores.
Founder and long-time president Richard Hesse retired in 1973. The company was then sold to its retailers and restructured as a cooperative, moving its headquarters to Oak Brook, Illinois. Independent retailers have become the exclusive shareholders of the company. The strategy proved successful, and for the first time in 1985, Ace exceeded $1 billion in wholesale sales; in 2015, it increased to $5 billion.
In 2012, Ace Hardware acquired its largest member, Westlake Ace Hardware, for $88 million. The following year, Ace President and CEO John Venhuizen launched 20/20 Vision, a strategy to use network power to provide better customer service. As of 2016, J. D. Power ranked Ace Hardware "Highest Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores" for 10 consecutive years.
In 2014 and 2015, Ace launched its wholesale distribution network through the acquisition of Emery-Waterhouse, based in Portland, Maine, and Jensen Distribution Services, based in Spokane. Later that year, Ace expanded its wholesale operations from coast to coast with the formation of Emery Jensen Distribution, LLC. This new distribution arm operates under Ace Wholesale Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corporation, and is dedicated to serving non-Ace Hardware independent retailers.
This amazing hardware store is located near Danville, California. Here is a list of other noteworthy hardware stores you should check out:
Alamo Hardware Danville, CA
Alamo Hardware Alamo, CA
Alamo Forest Products Inc.
Outdoor Supply Hardware
Benjamin Moore - Creative Paint
Workbench True Value Hardware
Moraga Ace Hardware & Lumber
All of these wonderful hardware centers are located just a short distance from our location at 4115 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Suite 100 in Danville, California!