We are your local hardware store and we are a part of your community. Each Ace store is independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs – hard-working, passionate business owners who are involved with and, many times, reside in the communities where their stores are. There's a good chance you'll see your local Ace store owner at the grocery store, attending (or even sponsoring) local sports leagues, or working alongside other local business owners to better the community.
Ace stores – 4,400 of them across the U.S.A. – come in all sizes and shapes. We have small, urban stores, large rural stores and everything in between. Ace stores offer a wide variety of hardware and fix-and-replace type products, as well as niche items and services relevant to your community. And of course, every Ace store offers our famous, friendly, expert advice and service that sets Ace stores apart from all the rest.
Founded in 1924 by a small group of Chicago hardware store owners, Ace changed the retail landscape by allowing individual stores to purchase merchandise in bulk to save money and buy at the lowest possible price. This partnership enabled even the smaller stores to compete effectively at retail despite larger stores in their market. For more details, visit the Company History section under the News Room link.