Ace Hardware will open new stores in 11 former Orchard Supply Hardware locations in California.
“Ace is delighted to fulfill a need by bringing back the local, neighborhood hardware store in 11 California communities,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO of the company. “Ace intends to honor the tremendous legacy Orchard Supply Hardware established in these communities while infusing them with Ace’s unique culture and helpful service.”
The new locations span both northern and southern California. Nine of the stores will be owned and operated by Westlake Ace Hardware, a subsidiary of the company. Two of the eleven stores will be owned and operated by independent retailers.
The company anticipates the opening of most locations this summer with the average size store around 30,000 square feet. Ace intends to create more than 600 new jobs collectively in these communities.
“The entire Ace team and I are very excited about our upcoming expansion into California. Our growth in the Golden State is the latest example of the vibrant and positive evolution the Ace brand has gone through during the past several years,” said Joe Jeffries, president and CEO of Westlake Ace.