Ace Hardware Corporation recently announced it will break ground on its new 500,000-square-foot Retail Support Center in West Jefferson, Ohio. Business and city officials as well as representatives from Ace Hardware’s corporate headquarters, gathered at Park 70 at West Jefferson for a groundbreaking ceremony.
“Ace is pleased to break ground on this state-of-the-art facility,” said Rick Whitson, vp/retail support, Ace Hardware Corporation. “Our new Retail Support Center in West Jefferson will play an integral part in Ace’s overall supply chain, carrying as many as 16,000 different products to supply hundreds of Ace retailers and, in turn, serve thousands of consumers.”
The new distribution center will become part of Ace’s network of support facilities. It will service Ace Hardware retail locations throughout Ohio, parts of Michigan, Eastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky; it will also employ approximately 100 Ace team members locally. The new West Jefferson space is scheduled for completion in July 2014. Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The new facility is a build-to-suit structure that is being constructed by Duke Realty’s Columbus office. The warehouse will have the capability to expand by more than 280,000 square feet to meet future growth needs. The facility will be furnished with 84 dock doors as well as power equipment that will run by hydrogen fuel cell technology.