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Open A New Store

Ace is unlike any other business or franchise opportunity in the world.

Invest in a Trusted Brand

What sets Ace Apart

No Franchise Fees
No Royalty Fees

You Own the Brand
Your Store and the Company

Our Accolades

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500

#1 In our category Entrepreneur Magazine's 500 List

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500

2021 Best of the Best Franchise

Franchise Direct

Franchise Direct

#22 on Franchise Direct Top 100 Global Franchises

Franchise Times

Franchise Times

#4 Franchise Times Top 400

J.D. Power

J.D. Power

Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, 14 out of 15 Years*

Temkin Experience Rating

Temkin Experience Rating

Ace Hardware tied for the top position in the retail category, and No. 7 overall across all industries

The Investment

$650,000 - $1,000,000

(depending on store size)

Minimum Financial Requirements

$250,000

Unencumbered Cash

$400,000

Net worth

New Store Process

How to open an Ace Hardware?

1

Preview &
Qualification

Ace Values
Ace Culture
Exploration
Ace Convention

2

Market
Research

Market Identification
Site Selection
Sales Forecast
Proforma

3

New Store
Application

Financing Options
Franchise Disclosure Document
(where applicable)

4

Store &
Development

Store Planning
Opening Stock Order
Store Set Up

5

Store
Opening

Store Opening
Grand Opening Event

Ace Team of 3 Support & Base Camp Training

Become an Ace Hardware store owner

GET STARTED

New Investor Stories

Learn from the New Investors that joined the Ace Family and the successes they've seen in their Ace Hardware stores.

Clouse Ace Hardware – Byron Clouse

Hendersonville Ace Hardware - Greg Yandell

Celina Ace Hardware - Dan Meyer

Ace of the South - Britt Wood

It's Working

Each Ace Hardware store competes differently depending on their situation. In most cases, Ace stores are able to compete with big boxes by offering a convenient hardware store experience with exceptional service.

Service

We can compete with big boxes with knowledgeable associates and the entrepreneurial spirit of its owners.

Convenience

Ace stores can be found right in the neighborhood and combine a quick, in-and-out shopping experience with fast checkout.

Quality

With top brands like Craftsman, Weber and STIHL, Ace Hardware stores offer the best brands in home improvement.

Our Results

9
years
in a row
of net new store growth
7
out of 8 years
in a row of
increased customer transactions

11
years
in a row
of increased same-store
sales and gross profit
14
out of 15
years
ranked "Highest in Customer
Satisfaction by J.D. Power*

Lots of cool things
happening at Ace

We have a lot of great stories to share, and here you see a bunch of them.

Ace is the Place for Veterans

The International Franchising Association 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 5,400 veterans that have become franchise business owners since 2011.

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.

The Coolest Stores

Ace Hardware, the world's largest hardware cooperative, selects only a handful of Ace stores annually to receive this coveted...

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Ace Women In Retail

Ace Women in Retail is an opportunity for retailers to participate in an affinity group that shares ideas, hosts speakers relevant to the industry and business as well as network and connect with fellow retailers. The group continues to be highly recognized by participating retailers as beneficial.

The Beauty of Ace

The beauty of Ace is that each store is helpful, unique and always striving to meet the changing needs of the community. It is the local differentiation, on top of the service, convenience and quality our customers have come to expect, that have poised Ace Hardware to stand the test of time.

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OVER 5,550 STORES AND GROWING

The Ace
Family

Ace stores can be found around the world, from Indonesia to Nicaragua and Anchorage, Alaska to Miami, Florida. Ace stores deliver helpful service in more than 70+ countries and in all 50 states and are Globally Trusted and Locally Embraced.

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