Ace Hardware Recognizes ‘Coolest’ Hardware Stores

Ace Hardware Corporation is recognizing two local Ace Hardware stores with the company’s eighth annual “Coolest Hardware Store” awards.

The hardware cooperative selects only a handful of Ace stores annually to receive this recognition, which is based on how well the store differentiates its offerings, services and culture to meet the needs of the community.

The winning stores are Hensel’s Ace Hardware of Arcata, CA, and Madison Ace Hardware of Madison, FL. Both stores were recently recognized at the Ace Hardware 2019 Pinnacle Conference in Las Vegas. These stores share common traits yet offer local flavor and product selection above and beyond most hardware stores, the company said.

Split between two different buildings decorated with historic photos from the community, Hensel’s Ace Hardware is known for its housewares department, full-service residential and commercial paint center, and full old-fashioned candy store.

While Madison is a small rural community in Florida with a population of 2,853, the Madison’s Ace Hardware already has 7,983 Ace Rewards Members, which is a true testament to the product assortment at the store and a reflection of the community’s support, the company noted.

“Out of more than 5,200 Ace locations around the world, no two stores are the same,” said John Tovar, vp/retail operations and new business, Ace Hardware Corporation. “That local differentiation, on top of the service, convenience and quality our customers have come to expect, is what has Ace Hardware poised to stand the test of time. The teams at Hensel’s Ace Hardware and Madison Ace Hardware exemplify what makes Ace great— helpful, unique, and always striving to meet the changing needs of the community.”