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Open A New Store: The Coolest Stores

Click on one of the videos below to explore some of the coolest Ace Hardware Stores in the US.

Gemmen’s Home & Hardware

Strand Ace Hardware

Woodville Ace Hardware, Tallahassee, FL

Aside from its core hardware stock, Woodville Ace Hardware differentiates itself by expertly attending to the unique rural community it serves. Be it seed and feed and a large equine department for the many horse farmers in the area, a large garden and gift center so customers can avoid a trip to the city, or even beach umbrellas and Yeti coolers for the one hour trip to the beach, Woodville Ace Hardware prides itself on being a one-stop shop for its distinctive community members.

What really sets Woodville Ace Hardware apart are the special events it hosts for members of the local community, including an annual Ladies Night that brings together women of the area for great times, fellowship and deals. Additionally, during Science Day the store welcomes students from the elementary school across the street to learn about animals, plants and basic hardware.

Being the most helpful retail store in the area is truly the passion of the Woodville Ace Hardware team, and that desire is reflected in the store’s detailed employee training program. Woodville Ace Hardware employs a training coordinator who oversees all onboarding of new employees, who each have a training goal set for them every month. The training also includes specialty vendor training for the feed and seed, equine and power equipment departments.


Downtown Walnut Creek Hardware, Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek Hardware opened its doors in 2008 and quickly positioned itself as the “go-to” hardware store in the area offering a wide selection of convenient core hardware and garden products. Catering to the higher-end demographics in the surrounding area, the store began to focus on designer Benjamin Moore paints and color consulting alongside a distinctive giftware section to take advantage of paint clientele waiting for their product.

The store subsequently expanded into an unused parking lot and an adjacent building, in the process creating a specialty nursery and dedicated outdoor living department featuring grilling and patio merchandise.

Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the Walnut Creek Hardware store experience is in the store’s décor; including the reason the business is known widely as “The Ace with the Train.” Walnut Creek Hardware features an extensive “G-scale” model train which runs around the store on an elevated track that includes two rail lines looping above the power aisle and around the check-out area. The track also showcases various handcrafted model replicas of famous bridges in the area, including the Golden Gate Bridge, New Bay Bridge, the Tower Bridge in Sacramento and a rail trestle bridge in Benicia.

Walnut Creek Hardware donates extensively to local charities, offers free delivery to the local retirement community and serves as a major employer for the local community with a staff ranging from age 16 to 78 which peaks at 65 employees during the summer months.

Madison, Florida

Tim and Lacretia McDonald own Madison Ace Hardware, and the McDonalds’ story is one of faith, family, and having a servant heart for their community. Tim is a full-time preacher, who left a job at a local paper mill because he felt called to create a different lifestyle for his family. Lacretia is a proud grandma, piano teacher, and the stores bookkeeper. Their son, Tyler, now serves as Madison Ace Hardware’s Store Manager.

At Madison Ace Hardware, everything starts with an expertly-trained staff, who each sign a handbook of core values and work to earn the right to wear their iconic red vests.

While Madison is a small rural community in Florida with a population of 2,853, the Madison’s Ace Hardware already has 7,983 Ace Rewards Members. A true testament to the product assortment at the store and a reflection of the community’s support. Some of the product offerings include locally crafted, real wood outdoor furniture, national brands such as Traeger, Big Green Egg, Weber, and Yeti. The store also offers specialized outdoor items like camping, fishing, pocket knives, marine, expanded towing, collegiate merchandise, bulk propane and bulk kerosene.


Arcata, California

Three years ago, Ceva Courtemanche purchased the store from her father and immediately set out to renovate and improve the business. Split between two different buildings decorated with historic photos from the community, Hensel’s Ace Hardware is known for its housewares department, full-service residential and commercial paint center, and full old-fashioned candy store.

Hensel’s is a destination for international and local gourmet candies, Benjamin Moore paints, and unique houseware gifts, but what sets the store apart is the focus on creating a friendly and fun environment.

From the store’s monthly spirit days where the staff dresses in a theme to compete for customer’s votes, to their traditional December “Ugly Ace Sweaters”, and even a free family-friendly Halloween haunted house, the folks at Hensel’s keep the in-store experience fresh and fun.

Courtemanche and her team’s commitment to the community goes beyond the store’s locally-focused product assortment, as she and her staff have become known in Arcata as a company willing to step up for the greater good.

Ace Barnes Hardware Ann Arbor, MI

Proctor Ace Hardware, Neptune Beach, FL

Werner Lumber & Ace Hardware of Pine Grove, PA

Garrett Ace Hardware, Healdsburg, CA

Harleysville Ace Hardware, Harleysville, PA