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Ace Hardware Is Focused on Retailer-Centric Change and Growth

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Onward and Upward

By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org

Ace Hardware Corp. is on a growth path that maintains its retailer-owned cooperative model, continues to pursue its core values and finds new, adaptive ways to support its retailers.

The co-op is celebrating its 95th anniversary in 2019. The company is also rolling out next-day product delivery to 70 percent of Ace stores nationwide, leveraging its expanded supply chain more than ever and building on recent, rapid e-commerce growth.

Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Ace serves more than 5,200 retailers worldwide, including nearly 4,500 stores in the U.S.

By clicking the following links, you’ll find Hardware Retailing’s interviews with four top Ace executives, including president and CEO John Venhuizen, and a profile of the brothers who own Desert Foothills Ace Hardware in Phoenix.

Venhuizen Q&A: Ace Maintains Mission While Embracing Change

Exclusive Q&As With Ace Executives

Brothers Grow a Business by Saving Struggling Stores

The Faces of Ace Hardware: Retailer Profiles

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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