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Ace Acquires Jensen Distribution Services

Ace Hardware Corporation announced today it has acquired Jensen Distribution Services, a profitable 131-year-old distributor of hardlines goods.

Founded in 1883, and based in Spokane, Washington, Jensen Distribution Services is a wholesale hardware distributor with approximately $150 million in wholesale revenue. The company serves more than 2,000 customers in 11 western states, according to a press release by Ace Hardware. Jensen Distribution Services carries more than 65,000 items, including household hardware, hand and power tools, electrical, paint and sundries, outdoor living, housewares, automotive and lawn and garden products.

“As the hardlines industry evolves and consolidates, Ace Hardware is faced with the options of simply letting the chips fall our way, or actively participating as a leader to shape this industry for the long-term benefit of Ace shareholders,” says John Venhuizen, president and CEO of Ace Hardware Corp.

“While Ace’s retail strategy continues to be a priority with the stated mission of being the best provider of products, services and operating methods to convenience hardware retailers, Emery-Waterhouse and Jensen Distribution Services will advance Ace’s wholesale strategy to be the best provider of hardlines products for independent lumber, paint, nursery, industrial and hardware outlets,” Venhuizen says.

To read Hardware Retailing magazine’s exclusive interview with Vanhuizen about the acquisition, click here.

“The Jensen organization looks forward to a bright future alongside Ace Hardware, the world’s largest and fastest growing convenience hardware retailer,” says Mike Jensen, CEO, Jensen Distribution Services. “I’m pleased that fifth-generation family members Chris Jensen and Micah Dunlap will play an active role in shaping the next chapter of the Jensen organization.”

As a result of the acquisition, Ace plans to provide measurable long-term financial benefits for its shareholders, including enhanced buying power for both Ace Hardware and Jensen Distribution Services. The acquisition also creates a platform for lower cost of goods driven by scale and price synchronization, as well as access to new categories, products and suppliers.

After serving as Jensen Distribution Services CEO for more than 25 years, Mike Jensen plans to retire in 2015; his son and daughter Chris Jensen and Micah Dunlap will remain with the company and run the business as they do today. “Mike is a high-character individual and a genuine legend in the industry. We wish he would remain with Jensen for the next 25 years,” says Venhuizen.

With both Emery-Waterhouse and Jensen Distribution Services now under the Ace Hardware wholesale division, Ace Hardware announced the appointment of Hoyoung Pak to president of Ace Wholesale Holdings, reporting to John Surane, executive vice president of marketing, merchandising and sales. Pak joins Ace Hardware from IRI, where he served as chief operating officer. He has also held executive roles with Groupon, Discover and McKinsey & Co.

“We are pleased to welcome Hoyoung to the Ace team,” Venhuizen says. “I am confident his expertise and leadership will continue to drive and further strengthen Ace’s wholesale business.”

For the press release, click here.

For more on Jensen Distribution Services, click here.

For more on Ace Hardware Corporation, click here.

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

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