March 8, 2013

The 86-store Midwest hardware store chain, recently purchased by Ace Hardware, spent the past year planning the new layout.

December 18, 2012

Ace Hardware Corp. acquired Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware for $88 million.

Westlake was named the HCN 2011 Retailer of the Year, and was featured in the May 2011 issue of Home Channel News. Since 2006, the company was owned by a private equity firm -- Goldner Hawn Johnson and Morrison. 

August 8, 2011

With a nod toward sustainability, Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware will offer an inkjet cartridge refilling service at six stores.

June 7, 2011

Las Vegas — The retail panel discussion started with customer service and advanced to strategic planning. From there, it detoured at automatic doors — apparently still a novelty in rural Texas — and finished with a somewhat optimistic economic forecast. 

June 2, 2011

In 2011, Westlake Ace Hardware took top honors as Home Channel News "Retailer of the Year." The Lenexa, Kan.-based 88-store retail company has successfully planned and executed a customer service initiative and re-established its mission to serve the needs of project-oriented DIYers through a program called Project North Star. 

Here are the recent HCN Retailers of the Year:

May 23, 2011

The May issue of Home Channel News compiled the first-ever state-by-state Hardware Store All Star list.

May 13, 2011

Westlake Ace Hardware and Price Hardware True Value were recognized for excellence during the 2011 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony held at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

George Smith, CEO of Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware accepted the Retailer of the Year award. John Price accepted the Tools of the Trade award for Price Hardware True Value of Atlanta, Texas.

May 3, 2011

From New York’s Island to the Redwood Forests, the great American hardware store maintains a revered place in the commercial history of these United States. 

On the following pages, Home Channel News editors travel state-by-state to find examples of leading hardware store retailers. To those deserving candidates not on the list — and there are many — we offer this advice as consolation: “Keep up the good work. We’ll get to you eventually.” 

May 2, 2011

Here’s how Westlake Ace Hardware CEO George Smith describes the Lenexa, Kan.-based chain’s Project North Star: “It’s our vision for the future of Westlake and the foundation for all the decisions we make.” 

October 21, 2007

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