ACO Home, Garden and Hardware, Inc. announced yesterday they will be rejoining the Ace Hardware store chain. Starting today ACO will be running a “Total Inventory Blowout Sale” in an effort to clear out all ACO inventory as they prepare to restock the stores from the ACE Hardware cooperative. The announcement came in a press release but no mention of it was posted on the company’s website or their corporate Facebook page as of early this morning.
According to the release the brand transition will be held at 26 area stores including one in Rochester Hills where the existing ACE Hardware closed after the Christmas holiday. Store personnel interviewed by your examiner just prior to the store’s closing indicated other ACE stores in the area would remain open but did not allude to the ACO announcement. There are 20 existing ACE locations in the metro Detroit area according to the Ace Hardware website.
According to the chain’s history they started in 1946 as part of the ACE cooperative but withdrew in 1981 to form ACO.
“Last year, we committed to our customers that we would invest and grow our business,” said Mark VandenBerg, CFO, ACO Hardware in the release. “After months of research and due diligence, we are confident we have selected the best organization with which to align and grow. Ace Hardware offers our stores a world class brand, top notch merchandise opportunities and a supply chain network second to none.”
WXYZ was reporting this morning the transition will take six months. This would indicate they will do half the transition in the first three months and the other half to follow.
The stores taking part in the first half, which starts today according to ACO, are:
- Auburn Hills
- Center Line
- Clinton Township
- Farmington Hills
- Lake Orion
- Port Huron
- Rochester Hills
- Royal Oak
- St. Clair Shores (2 stores)
- Shelby Township
- Sterling Heights
- Union Lake
- Warren (3 stores)
- Waterford (2 stores)
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