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John Venhuizen—Differentiating Yourself From the Competition

Ace Hardware’s CEO and President John Venhuizen join this week’s episode to share his company’s story of successfully reinventing itself to fight against ever-increasing competition from big box stores. Read More.

These Top 10 Franchises Lead Entrepreneur.com’s Franchise 500

CEO John Venhuizen says his brand is “about home preservation, rather than renovation, and therefore practically recession-resistant.”. Read More.

PLMA salute’s Ace’s holiday lights

Ace Hardware announced its private label brand Celebrations has been named a 2016 award winner by the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA). Read More.

Now playing at Ace Hardware: Makers and Grommets

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware has a new relationship with The Grommet, allowing local Makers to promote their products in Ace stores. Read More.

Boulder’s McGuckin dropping ties to True Value for Ace

McGuckin Hardware is ending its 30-year partnership with the True Value co-op as of Dec. 31, 2016, and will start buying from the Ace Hardware co-op as of Jan. 1, 2017. Read More.

Survey points to hardware optimism

How optimistic are 765 Ace Hardware retailers surveyed in the recent biennial Retailer Satisfaction Survey? Almost 90% say they “intend to grow and expand operations in the near term,” the co-op said. Read More.  

Hardware store steps up for the kids

Brooklyn, New York-based retailer Matt Mazzone’s idea to sell chocolate for charity has been a huge hit. It started out local, and sweetened into a national program whereby Ace stores across the country have generated more than $600,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Read More.  

Ace Hardware goes all in on neighborhood stores

A boom in home remodeling has put the spotlight on strong sales at home improvement chains like Home Depot and Lowe’s, but Oak Brook-based Ace Hardware Corp. also is seeing rising sales and revenues at its local retailer-owned stores. Read More.  

Hardware store transitions to Ace

Big Star Ace Hardware, formerly known as “Do it Best” RTD Hardware, is bringing new products and services to the area while maintaining the quality customer service the store has become known for. Read More.  

Venhuizen elaborates on Ace’s vision

Chicago — Ace Hardware CEO John Venhuizen was relatively quiet during the co-op’s General Session here at McCormick Place last week. The reason: He was happy to cede his time to General Stanley McChrystal, the session’s keynote speaker. Read More.