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Ace Hardware welcomes new directors
Ace Hardware Corporation's board of directors has refreshed its roll call following the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on June 7.
The newest member is Kristin Grunder, 44, who is the president and co-owner of Rome Ace Hardware, a single Ace store located in Rome, New York.
Grunder currently serves on numerous Ace Hardware committees, including an input team that influences decisions surrounding Ace’s paint business; she also serves as an Ace Retail Group Leader. Grunder serves on the board of directors of the Rome Hospital Foundation and as a member of the board of trustees of the Jervis Library.
Two existing members were also re-elected for their second terms.
Amy Kaplanis, 46, owner and president of Country Ace Hardware in Granby, Colorado, will serve her second term.
Kaplanis previously worked for Accenture in its Consulting and Services practices for nearly 10 years. Additionally, she worked for Black & Decker for six years. Kaplanis serves on numerous committees, including an input team that influences corporate communications at Ace.
So was Stewart Elliott, Jr., 58, president of Elliott Ace Hardware, a four-store Ace chain located in the western suburbs of Milwaukee. He's been in that role since 1988, but prior to returning to the family business, Elliott held a leadership sales role with Amerock, a vendor serving the convenience hardware industry, for six years.
Ace's board of directors is made up of 11 individuals, nine of whom are Ace retail store owners (or member directors). The other two are external business professionals.
Westlake rides the Lone Star state
Lenexa, Kansas-based Westlake Ace Hardware continued its Texas expansion with the acquisition of Seagoville Ace Hardware.
The Seagoville, Texas, store has taken on the Westlake Ace Hardware Banner, along with 10 other locations in Texas.
The new Westlake store will have a 10,700 square foot sales floor and sell such traditional hardware products as fasteners, tools, plumbing and electrical supplies, as well as paint, pet care, outdoor living, and BBQ products. Additionally, the store will feature a large Garden Center and will provide a wide range of seasonal lawn and garden supplies. Grand Opening festivities and sales are planned for July 15-17.
Carla Gill will be the general manager of the new Seagoville store. She was previously the assistant manager of the Westlake Ace store in Arlington, Texas.
“We look forward to becoming a trusted member of the Seagoville community and providing our new customers with the highest level of service, know-how, and products,” said Tom Knox, CEO of Westlake, “Westlake Hardware is a growing, vibrant brand and valuable resource for our customers everywhere. We are dedicated to delivering on our mission in Seagoville: to be the best, most helpful hardware stores on the planet.”
Earlier this week, Westlake expanded in Kansas City.
Westlake operates 92 hardware stores in Missouri, Kansa, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.
Westlake has been part of the Ace hardware distribution network since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace subsidiary since 2012, when Ace Corp. purchased the chain for $88 million.
A suburb of Dallas, Seagoville is in Dallas County. Eight of Westlake’s Texas stores are in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.