Westlake Ace Hardware builds in Texas
Ace subsidiary Westlake Ace Hardware is getting ready to open a new location in Lewsville, Texas, this fall.
The company has signed a lease at 1116 W. Main Street in Lewisville for a 10,800-sq.-ft. space, which will include 9,000 sq. ft. of retail space and a large Garden Center.
The new location also already has a general manager: 10-year Westlake employee Loren Casey.
“Westlake Hardware is a growing, vibrant brand and valuable resource for our customers in the markets we serve,” said Tom Knox, CEO of Westlake. “Our mission is to help customers keep their households running smoothly by providing the highest level of service, know-how, and products. We look forward to becoming a trusted and valuable member of the Lewisville community.”
Westlake Ace Hardware currently operates 90 stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. It has been part of the Ace network since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace subsidiary since 2012.
Competition hits, independents respond
Which of the three is the biggest threat to the independent home improvement retailer — Amazon.com, Home Depot or Walmart?
HBSDealer.com put that question to Orgill CEO Ron Beal during a recent interview. His answer: “All of the above,” he said. “These and others.” The good news, he said, is that independents are finding ways not only to survive, but thrive in the competitive landscape.
Beal, the 2014 Home Channel Hall of Fame inductee, explained that change is a constant, and that competition is a given.
“There are plenty of successful retail companies out there that compete with independents, and that’s always been true,” said Beal. “Thirty years ago, this list would have been different, but we still would have had a list.”
Ten years from now, there’s a good chance the list of key competitors will have new names, he said.
“There’s no lack of competition, and still the independent home improvement retailer has found a way for a long period of time to remain viable and stable,” he said. “And there are thousands of successful entrepreneurial, independent home improvement retailers out there, and they have found ways to creatively and effectively service their local markets.”
More from the Ron Beal interview will be included in the August issue of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer.
Benjamin Moore opens Maryland DC
Benjamin Moore has opened a new distribution center in Landover, Maryland, featuring a Silver LEED Certified Logistics Center.
The new location will boost the company's presence in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets, as well as support distribution of an expanded line of latex products.
“We are proud to share this news as further illustration of our commitment to the growth of the independent channel and our passion to continually improve the ease of doing business with Benjamin Moore & Co. for our retailers, painting contractors and consumers,” said Barry Chadwick, executive VP operations of Benjamin Moore & Co.
The 90,000-sq.-ft. distribution center is located 10 miles from Washington, D.C. in the Landover Logistics Center.
All in all, the location is estimated to support 350 retailers, according to the company.