HCN's 2013 Hardware Store ALL-STARS

“Fifty stores from fifty states”

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

Now in its third year, the HCN All-Star project recognizes hardware stores that are outstanding in their field. They don’t have to be the biggest, or even the most profitable. But they must display an All-Star sense for customer service and business acumen.

To those who nominated stores, the editors thank you. To those who made the list, congratulations. And to those who believe they deserve to be recognized as All-Stars, tell us about it — and we’ll see you next year.

Alabama: Dixie Pro Hardware, Montgomery, Ala. 

Alaska: Anchorage True Value Hardware, Anchorage

Arizona: Havasu Do it Best Hardware, Lake Havasu City

Arkansas: Hilltop Ace Hardware, Little Rock

California: Pete’s Ace Hardware, Castro Valley

Colorado: Joseph’s Do it Best Hardware, Fort Collins

Connecticut: Hemlock Hardware, Fairfield

Delaware: Fairfax Hardware, Wilmington

Florida: Halls Ace Hardware & Lumber, Milton

Georgia: Intown Ace Hardware, Decatur

Hawaii: Lahaina Ace Hardware, Lahaina

Idaho: D&B Supply, multiple locations

 Idaho: Selkirk Ace Hardware, Oldtown

Illinois: Tonnies Hardware and Rental, Albers

Iowa: Marcus Lumber Company, Marcus

Kansas: Newton’s True Value Hardware, Independence

Kentucky: Congleton Brothers Pro Home Center, Beattyville

Louisiana: Budget Build Home Center True Value, Ferriday

Maine: Ames True Value Hardware & Supply, Wiscasset

Maryland: Dunkirk Do it Best Hardware & Home Center, Dunkirk

Massachusetts: Baskin’s True Value, South Yarmouth

Michigan: ACO Hardware, multiple locations

Minnesota: Frattalones Ace Hardware, Minneapolis

Mississippi: Complete Home Center, Hernando

Missouri: Oak Hill Hardware & Paint Company, St. Louis

Montana: Montana Ace-Trempers, Missoula

Nebraska: C&L Hardware, Ashland

Nevada: Home Hardware and Variety, Boulder City

New Hampshire: Goffstown Ace Hardware, Goffstown

New Jersey: McGrath’s Paint and Hardware, multiple locations

New Mexico: Harts Home Center, Moriarty

New York: Kelloggs & Lawrence Do it Best, Katonah

North Carolina: Zoller Hardware, Cashiers

North Dakota: Stockmen’s Supply, West Fargo

Ohio: Applegate Pro Hardware, Georgetown

Oklahoma: Hinton True Value Hardware, Hinton

Oregon: Parkrose Hardware, Portland

Pennsylvania: Bomberger’s Store, Lititz

Rhode Island: Wyoming Do it Best Hardware, Wyoming

South Carolina: Tri-County Ace, Seneca

South Dakota: Runnings, multiple locations

Tennessee: Ace Hardware of Chattanooga

Texas: Guadalupe Lumber Co., San Antonio

Utah: Sol Foods, Hardware and Camping, Springdale

Vermont: J&H Hardware Do it Best, Bellows Falls

Virginia: Randy’s Do it Best Hardware (multiple locations)

Washington: Island Do it Best Home Center and Lumber, Vashon

West Virginia: Boltz Hardware, Garden Center & General Store, Martinsburg

Wisconsin: Watson Ace Hardware, Lake Mills

Wyoming: Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, multiple locations


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- 5:33 PM
mstone says

I am a hardware store owner from MI, and it continues to baffle me how ACO could make a list like this. ACO stores have been more like dollar stores than hardware stores for many years in this state. What criteria was used to make this determination? Did someone from HCN just look up hardware stores in MI and see ACO the chain, and think, oh this is a top 50 for this state? I am an ACE hardware, but their are other hardware stores in this state, like me, that are true hardware stores.

- 4:42 PM
kclark says

With no disrespect, I would argue that ACO has shown an ability to adapt and survive. That's a good story in today's retail environment. They may not look like a traditional hardware store, but the same can be said of many successful home improvement retailers.

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