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Ace – Your Ultimate Power Tool for Business Success


Ace Hardware provides numerous tools for business success such as a world-class brand, training & support, and attractive ownership incentives.

With any franchise opportunity comes risk, especially in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Start your own business with the support from a nationally recognized and locally embraced brand that leads its industry in customer satisfaction (J.D. Power & Associates 2007-2016).

Ace Hardware, America’s neighborhood hardware retailer for over 90 years, is a leader in the convenience hardware industry and offers a tremendous opportunity for those looking to build a profitable and lasting business.

The home improvement market is projected to grow by 4.7% in 2016 according to IHS Global Insight (March 2015) and Ace retailers have built their annual retail sales to more than $13 billion collectively, demonstrating that Ace Hardware provides the right tools for a rock-solid foundation and a fad-proof future.

Ace is pleased to announce that it has a new affiliation in place with VetFran. The International Franchising Association (IFA) created VetFran in 1991 as an organization dedicated to providing U.S. veterans, and their spouses, access to franchising opportunities. Through VetFran, there are more than 5,600 veterans that have become franchise business owners since 2011.

Specifically, as a benefit for prospective Ace retailers who are also U.S. veterans, Ace Hardware will waive its $5,000 application fee for qualified U.S. veterans. This new incentive will be available to prospective retailers effective immediately. In addition, as a small token of our gratitude to existing Ace retailers that served in the military, this benefit will also be extended to qualified U.S. veterans; should they decide to open any additional locations, the $5,000 application fee will be waived.

The Ace Difference

The Ace ownership opportunity is unlike any other franchise opportunity. Ace Hardware is a retailer-owned cooperative, meaning Ace retailers are the owners of the corporation. In addition to being part owner of a world-class corporation, you pay no royalty fees and a portion of the profits get distributed back to the retail owners each year. By joining the #1 distributor in the convenience hardware (Home Channel News, September 2014) you reap the benefits of collective buying power and having a global brand along with independent ownership. You will also have the flexibility to customize your offerings based on your customers’ needs.

When you partner with Ace, you’ll benefit from:

A Premier Brand
Nationally recognized and locally embraced, Ace is one of the oldest and most recognized brands in the world. Known as the “Helpful Place”, Ace Hardware was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Home Improvement Stores Ten Years in a Row” by J.D. Power and Associates 2007-2016 Home Improvement Retail Store Studies.*

Training & Support
As an Ace Hardware owner, you gain the support and knowledge of a dedicated and experienced team of experts who provide extensive training to help you make an effective entry into the “do-it-yourself” consumer market. Ace owners have several training programs available to help them with opening and managing an Ace Hardware store.

Attractive Ownership Incentives
Ace is unlike any other business or franchise opportunity in the world. There are no royalty fees. Even more, all eligible candidates will receive a FREE opening stock order* to help assist in opening your store.

*Incentives vary by store format/size and are based on Discovery recommended products and quantities. Incentive given as a credit, not as cash or a loan.
*Ace Hardware received the highest numerical score in the J.D. Power 2007-2016 Home Improvement Retailer Statisfaction Studies. 2016 study is based on 2,995 total responses from six stores measuring experiences and perceptions of customers, surveyed January-February 2016. Your experiences may vary.  Visit jdpower.com.