Fans of Orchard Supply Hardware were stunned when a liquidation sale began just days after customers and employees learned of the chain’s impending nationwide closure in August 2018.
Just more than a year later, former competitor Ace Hardware will open in the 34,000-square-foot space where OSH Mountain View previously stood, the retailer’s public relations representative confirmed last month.
According to Ace’s public relations counsel, Tom Mentzer, the chain will open a new store at 2555 Charleston Road Sept. 25 and has planned a grand opening Oct. 18-20.
“It’s a great location in a great community,” Mentzer said in an email last week.
Improvements are underway in the space. While some alterations are major, such as “structural enhancements” and changes in the space’s layout, many are minor, including modernizing the lighting and retouching the paint. All renovations, spread over a timeline of approximately two months, aim to depict Ace’s “niche stores within a store” concept, Mentzer noted.
The “stores within a store” idea was detailed in an Aug. 6 press release. Along with selling the typical hardware store items – including power and hand tools from brands such as DeWalt and Craftsman – Ace inventory includes outdoor apparel from brands such as Carhartt and Dickies.
Ace’s Mountain View location also will feature a garden center that offers flowers, patio furniture and a backyard barbecue department with grills and accessories necessary to master them. In addition, there will be a Hallmark Gold Crown section with gift products such as wrapping paper and bows.
Serving the community
Despite OSH’s folding, Ace Hardware reps believe local stores are “a vital part of the communities they serve,” Mentzer said.
“At Ace, we are thrilled to once again bring Mountain View a neighborhood hardware store option that provides a vast selection of products along with the outstanding service Ace has become known for,” he told the Town Crier.
Beyond service, Ace strives for convenience, Mentzer added. He said stocking so many goods (approximately 800,000 different items) that span across several areas of home improvement mean a better shopping experience.
Another benefit, Mentzer said, is that the company will employ approximately 50 area residents, including “familiar faces” from the OSH days. Ace’s new general manager, Chris Gueriero, worked at the OSH formerly housed on the site.
After OSH closed, Mountain View city officials considered using what will now be the Ace parking lot for overnight parking for RV dwellers. Mentzer declined to comment on the possibility, because Ace is just leasing the space.
However, Ace will serve as a community resource, Mentzer said.
“As a local business, we are committed to supporting our neighbors in the communities we serve. This can take on many forms, including employment opportunities and giving back to the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital,” he said. “We look forward to getting to know the Mountain View community and how we can best deliver on our ‘helpful promise.’”
For more information, visit acehardware.com.