HARDWARE STORES

Westlake expands in Carolina

Store-within-a-store pet supply will be part of the new Cary, N.C., location.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Westlake Ace Hardware signed a lease to open a new store in North Carolina. The 20,000 sq.-ft. Cary location in the Hemlock Plaza shopping center is expected to open in the fall of 2018

The new store will boost the Ace retail division’s store count in North Carolina to 10. Westlake Ace currently operates 121 stores in 10 states.

“Becoming part of the Cary community and developing a new Ace Hardware location here from the ground up is particularly exciting for us,” said Joe Jeffries, CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware. “The new store will allow us to deepen our relationship with customers in North Carolina and show them how we live the Ace Helpful Promise every day by delivering reliable service, advice and products to help customers get their projects done right.”

The new store will be branded as Ace Hardware and will have a 13,300 square foot sales floor. It will sell such traditional hardware products as fasteners, tools, plumbing and electric supplies and paint — as well as Stihl outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden supplies, and BBQ products from Traeger and Weber, among others.

The store will also include a unique “store-within-a-store” pet supply department. It will sell an extensive array of pet food, toys, grooming products, health supplies, pre-packed and bulk treats, and other accessories for dogs, cats and other pets. Featured brands will include Blue Buffalo, Science Diet, Nutro, Taste of The Wild, Merrick, and Kong.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Westlake Ace Hardware has been part of the Ace Hardware co-op since 1959 and is its largest member. It was purchased by Ace in 2012, and acts as a wholly owned Ace subsidiary.

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