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Open A New Store

Ace is unlike any other business or franchise opportunity in the world.

Invest in a Trusted Brand

What sets Ace Apart

No Franchise Fees
No Royalty Fees

You Own the Brand
Your Store and the Company


Entrepreneur's Franchise 500

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500

#1 In Our category Entrepreneur Magazine's 500 List

j.d. power

J.D. Power

Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, 13 out of 14 Years*

franchise times top 200

Franchise Times

#5 Franchise Times Top 200

The Investment

$650,000 - $1,000,000

(depending on store size)

Minimum Financial Requirements


Unencumbered Cash


Net worth

Become an Ace Hardware store owner


Its Working

Each Ace Hardware store competes differently depending on their situation. In most cases, Ace stores are able to compete with big boxes by offering a convenient hardware store experience with exceptional service.


We can compete with big boxes with knowledgeable associates and the entrepreneurial spirit of its owners.


Ace stores can be found right in the neighborhood and combine a quick, in-and-out shopping experience with fast checkout.


With top brands like Craftsman, Weber and STIHL, Ace Hardware stores offer the best brands in home improvement.

Our Results

in a row
of net new store growth
out of 8 years
in a row of
increased customer transactions

in a row
of increased same-store
sales and gross profit
out of 14
ranked "Highest in Customer
Satisfaction by J.D. Power*

Lots of cool things
happening at Ace

We have a lot of great stories to share, and here you see a bunch of them.

Ace is the Place for Veterans

The International Franchising Association created VetFran in 1991 as an organization dedicated to providing U.S. veterans, and their spouses, access to franchising opportunities. Through VetFran, there are more than 5,600 veterans that have become franchise business owners since 2011.

As a benefit for prospective Ace retailers who are also U.S. Veterans, Ace Hardware will waive its $5,000 application fee for qualified U.S. Veterans.

The Coolest Stores

Ace Hardware, the world's largest hardware cooperative, selects only a handful of Ace stores annually to receive this coveted...


Ace Women In Retail

Ace Women in Retail is an opportunity for retailers to participate in an affinity group that shares ideas, hosts speakers relevant to the industry and business as well as network and connect with fellow retailers. The group continues to be highly recognized by participating retailers as beneficial.

"Our Vision to be the best, most helpful hardware stores on the planet requires both a differentiated retail strategy and a world-class wholesale strategy"

John Venhuizen

President and CEO


The Ace

Ace stores can be found around the world, from Indonesia to Nicaragua and Anchorage, Alaska to Miami, Florida. Ace stores deliver helpful service in more than 70+ countries and in all 50 states and are Globally Trusted and Locally Embraced.