About Ace Hardware

In business since 1924, Ace Hardware is the largest home improvement franchise company in the world, with over 4,950 stores operating in over 60 countries. Ace provides its international retail partners with the requisites to build a solid enterprise - the foundation and market exclusivity of a globally recognized brand, a business model that offers operational flexibility and market localization, a worldwide distribution network that delivers access to thousands of products and a team to provide support from its bank of world class practices.

The Ace brand ranks among the top 100 most recognized brands in the world and is known as the place with the helpful hardware people. With the continued vision to be the best, most helpful hardware stores on the planet, Ace Hardware and its retail associates remain dedicated to the core values of service, convenience and quality for its customers.

Here’s why investors around the world choose Ace International:

  • Globally trusted and established brand
  • Worldwide support, training and leadership
  • Comprehensive training program
  • International distribution capabilities
  • Region-specific product assortments

 

History

Ace Starts Small, Then Goes Big and International

Founded in Chicago in 1924 by five independent hardware store owners over ninety years ago, Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke, Oscar Fischer and William Stauber made the bold decision to unite their hardware businesses to increase their collective buying power in the industry. From its humble beginning, Ace Hardware has now grown into the industry’s largest hardware cooperative on the planet.

Ace Goes Global

Ace International, a separate division within Ace Hardware Corporation, was formed in 1990. While Ace Hardware already had a stake in international markets beginning in 1968, the creation of this division was implemented to further enable Ace’s growth and to support the growing number of international retailers.

The following is a timeline of key AIH events after 1990 when becoming a separate division:

1990: Ace creates a separate division, known as Ace International, to manage the growing demand for its brand and products outside the USA. The added focus and infrastructure drives international development of the Ace brand for the next 20 years with Ace establishing a presence in Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Middle East regions.

1996: Ace expands into Asia with the signing of agreements in the Philippines and Indonesia.

2006: Ace becomes the first company in the home improvement industry to open a global distribution warehouse in Shanghai, China.

2011: Ace re-launches the international business with renewed emphasis on global sourcing and regional distribution and opens regional distribution centers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Panama City, Panama to service its growing retailer network.

2012 to Present: Ace International signs new License Agreements in the following markets: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, and Puerto Rico.

Accolades

Accolades

#1 in the Retail Business category on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 Ranking

Accolades

#6 on Franchise Times top 200 franchises

Accolades

Ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Home Improvement Retail Stores" for the 10th year in a row, according to J.D. Power

Testimonials

Locations

Ace Hardware is proud to be located in nearly 50 countries world wide.

Asia           +/-

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Singapore

Ace Hardware

Latin America           +/-

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Colombia

Ace Hardware

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Ecuador

Ferrisariato

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El Salvador

AlmAcenes Vidri S.A.
Inversiones Tres Puntos

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Guatemala

Cemaco

member

Nicaragua

Sinsa

member

Panama

Ace Home Center

member

Paraguay

Ace Paraguay

member

Venezuela

Ferretotal
Ekipa

Middle East/North Africa           +/-

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Afghanistan

Ace Hardware Afghanistan

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Iraq

Ace Iraq

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Israel

Ace Israel

member

Libya

Ace Hardware Libya

member

Saudi Arabia

SACO

member

United Arab Emirates

Ace Hardware UAE

North America/Caribbean/Pacific           +/-

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Anguilla

Ace Hardware Anguilla

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Barbados

H&B Ace Hardware

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Belize

Hofius

member

Cayman Islands

Ace Paint & Decor

member

Federated States of Micronesia

Ace Hardware Micronesia

member

French Polynesia

Ace Hardware French Polynesia

member

Grenada

Ace Hardware Grenada

member

Iceland

BYKO HF

member

Jamaica

Ace Supercentre

member

Netherlands Antilles

Ace St. Maarten

member

Northern Mariana Islands

Joeten

member

Puerto Rico

Ace Puerto Rico

member

St. Lucia

Ace Hardware St. Lucia

member

St. Vincent and Grenada

WB Hutchinson & Co Ltd

member

Trinidad & Tobago

Bhagwansingh’s Hardware & Steel

member

US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas: Impex Trading
St. Croix: Gallows Bay Hardware

member

Western Samoa

Samoa Builders Supplies

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