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Company History

Company History

Westlake Hardware is a chain of 85 neighborhood hardware stores located in the Midwest. The company was started in 1905 in Huntsville, MO, when W. I. Westlake bought part ownership in a hardware store there. Three years later he became sole proprietor and Westlake Hardware was born. The company first expanded by opening new stores in Missouri and then, in the 1970’s, opened stores in Kansas and other states. Westlake joined Ace Hardware distribution network in 1959 and became the largest Ace dealer in America — which provided customers with access to more than 70,000 items and competitive pricing from the organization’s immense buying power.

In 2006, the private equity firm, Goldner Hawn Johnson and Morrison, purchased the family-owned Westlake chain. In late 2012, the Ace Hardware Corporation acquired Westlake. Westlake currently operates as a wholly owned, independent subsidiary of Ace.

Though our merchandise assortment and ownership has changed over the years, our commitment to customer service has not. Our mission is to help homeowners keep their homes running smoothly. We do this by providing friendly, knowledgeable help, quality products, and services that our customers need to complete their projects. Our goal is to provide our customers with a great shopping experience. Westlake Hardware stores are located in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.