March 2, 2012

A five-year plan to expand from 4% to 8% of the overall paint market in the United States is in the very early innings. Big boxes alone have 65% of the DIY paint market, according to Ace’s tally. “We want to put Ace on the map for the driving decision,” said Janet Davidson, marketing supervisor for Ace paint. “We think we have a good story to tell.”

March 2, 2012

Even before Ace Hardware Corp. reported high single-digit sales increases for the quarter and the year — and even during a lingering housing downturn — CEO Ray Griffith told dealers that he liked the position in which Ace finds itself.

“Ongoing uncertainly keeps consumers cautious about spending, but many of you are doing well,” he told the members gathered in Denver for the co-op’s market last year.

December 20, 2011

Ace Hardware appointed John Venhuizen chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Venhuizen has spent nearly two decades with Ace and most recently served as executive VP supply chain, information technology (IT) and international. In this position, he helped grow the number of Ace stores around the world, as well as create a variety of successful support and incentive programs for retailers.

December 1, 2011

According to an article in the Woodbury Patch, Frattallone's Ace Hardware in Woodbury, Minn., plans to double its size.

With the expansion, the store will have room to bring in Stihl tools, according to the article. Frattallone's Ace Hardware has 16 Minnesota locations.

November 14, 2011

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp. reported total revenues of $912.0 million for the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 10.6% from 2010.

November 13, 2011

While in Denver for its annual retailer convention, Ace Hardware surprised Ayla Charness, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Colorado Champion, with a complete bedroom makeover. 

October 12, 2011

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Co. will unveil its new live goods program in Denver during its Fall Convention & Exhibits Oct. 15 to 17. 

The live goods program was tested at some Northeast retailers with strong results, according to Ace. The new program includes a partnership with, offering personalized garden planning tools for customers.

The live goods program is launching nationally in 2012.

September 13, 2011

East Coast Lumber Co. has taken on the Ace banner and embraced hardware sales as a strategy to ride out the recession, according to an article in

Before the recession, East Coast Lumber's sales were dominated by conctractors -- about 90%, according to the article. That changed to about 50%, with the rest being consumers and DIYers. With the new Ace partnership, the company believes it is giving consumers what they're asking for.

July 12, 2011

The Ace Hardware Foundation and local Oakland, Calif.-area Ace retailers presented a check for $34,105 to the Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland last month.

June 12, 2011

Oak Brook, Ill.-base Ace Hardware Corp. introduced Clark + Kensington, a new line of premier paint of the paint-and-primer-in-one variety.

Ace will begin shipping Clark + Kensingtron from its distribution centers beginning Sept. 6, and it will go nationwide during the first two quarters of 2012. 

The line of 100 percent acrylic, low-VOC paint is named after Ace’s first retail location on Chicago’s Clark Street and the site of their worldwide headquarters.

May 13, 2011

Ace Hardware storeowners across four Rocky Mountain states unveiled an interactive new website,

The new site features several ways for consumers to more easily interact with their local Ace Hardware store in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.

April 4, 2011

In a move to boost its competitive footing against the warehouse home centers, Ace Hardware Corp. is planning a paint-and-primer-in-one launch later this year.

Ace executives describe the paint as a "flagship new product" by providing convenience and ease of application. The branding of the new product will be unveiled when the launch occurs, possibly during the third quarter of this year.

April 2, 2011

Chicago -- With a view toward driving profitable sales, Ace VP merchandising John Surane pointed to some merchandise initiatives, regional wins and corporate strategies during the co-op's 2011 Ace Convention and Exhibits.

One of the brightest merchandising spots was the Craftsman tools brand. Back in February 2010, Ace and Sears announced a partnership that opened the way for Ace retailers to sell the Sears-owned Craftsman brand. 

February 28, 2011

The Founder of Rent-a-Husband has agreed to pay $2 million to settle criminal charges that claimed he duped investors in his home-repair business, according to an article in The Independent and other media outlets. 

December 5, 2010

With multiple initiatives in play—including a plan to create a subsidiary to run its international...

December 1, 2010

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware announced the grand prizewinner of its first-ever Ace Rewards Scratch...

October 28, 2010

Orlando, Fla. -- Ace Hardware pointed to record attendance, international growth and an overhaul of...

October 3, 2010

A reputation for customer service doesn’t come easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. At the...

December 21, 2008

Anchor store at refurbished shopping center will shut down after just a year and a...

December 2, 2008

Former HD Supply exec joins Ace veterans in shoring up strategic planning and other operations....

November 12, 2008

Chattanooga Rescue Mission in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Springtides, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, both received checks...

October 6, 2008

Former Ace LBM manager Amy Pellerito has joined Orgill, the Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor, as an...

October 5, 2008

Ace CEO Ray Griffith described the economy as the “800-pound gorilla” in the room and...

September 18, 2008

Ace CEO Ray Griffith painted a picture of a co-op focused on overcoming the economy...