Costello's Ace Hardware intends to open two new stores by early April, bringing the Long Island, N.Y., hardware company's store count to 17.
The new stores will be located in East Islip and Smithtown, N.Y.
"We feel that we have a market that can support independent stores," said president Mike Costello in an interview with Home Channel News. "And as we find the right locations, we just keep going for it."
The Costello's chain ranges in store size from 2,500 sq. ft. to 30,000 sq. ft. The two new stores, which are currently under development in strip malls, will measure 10,000 sq. ft. and just under 8,000 sq. ft.
Costello's Ace Hardware was founded in 1973 in Deer Park, N.Y. The company received the Golden Hammer Award for Innovative Retailer of the Year in 2007. In the same year, one of the company's stores was featured in Donald Trump's reality series "The Apprentice."