Westlake Hardware News
Take preventative action to avoid mosquito bites and the emerging risk of the Zika virus
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 24, 2016) — Mosquitoes are nasty bugs. Their buzzing and biting, and the viruses they carry make them one of summer’s most un-welcome guests. This year, with the threat of the Zika virus spreading into southern regions of the U.S., it’s more important than ever to protect your family from mosquito bites.
The new store in Carrollton will be the hardware retailer’s tenth location in Texas.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. March 1, 2016- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has signed a lease to open a new location at 3044 Old Denton Road (Suite 202) in Carrollton, Texas. The 15,000 square foot store is slated to open late summer of 2016.
Five easy tips to get growing this year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. March 14, 2016 — Spring is just around the corner, so now’s a perfect time to wake up your lawn and garden from the long winter. Whether have a green thumb or not, these five easy tips from Westlake Ace Hardware will help get your lawn and garden green and beautiful in time for summer—and possibly make you the envy of the neighborhood.
Simple tips for creating colorful outdoor flower displays
KANSAS CITY, Mo. March 14, 2016 — It’s about time for April showers to start making way for May flowers. An easy way to bring spring blooms to any outdoor space is with portable flower containers. With these helpful tips from Westlake Ace Hardware, bringing colorful accents to your yard is a breeze.
Put the kids to work and set up an outdoor oasis the whole family can enjoy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 28, 2016) — Mom’s big day is coming up on Sunday, May 8. Taking her out for a Mother’s Day brunch is nice, but creating a backyard oasis she can enjoy with her family for the entire summer – and providing the labor to set it up – now that will make her feel loved.
From cleaning a ceiling fan to fixing a leaky toilet, household projects are much more fun when you do it together.
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) February 9, 2016 – There’s no need for Do-It-Yourselfers to be lonely this Valentine’s Day. Flowers, chocolates, and dinner and a movie may be fine for some, but the hopeless romantics at Westlake Ace Hardware know the true secret to fueling the flames of desire is to Do-It-Together in the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room.
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) November 23, 2015 – The shiny, bright and merry season is upon us and very soon Christmas lights will adorn houses, trees and bushes are far as the eye can see. The jolly elves at Westlake Ace Hardware are offering a stocking full of tasty tips to help you safely add extra twinkle to the holiday season.
The Finally Light Bulb Company Hosts “No More Ugly Bulbs” Exchanges at Westlake Ace Hardware Stores in Kansas and Missouri
Trade an “Ugly” Light Bulb for a free Acandescent™ Finally™ Light Bulb
CHARLESTOWN, Mass., November 16, 2015 – The Finally Light Bulb Company, developer of a new energy-efficient lighting technology that is not LED or CFL, announced today that it will be conducting six “No More Ugly Bulbs” exchanges this week at select Westlake Ace Hardware stores in Kansas and Missouri. Consumers are encouraged to bring an “ugly” light bulb to trade in for an Acandescent™ Finally Light Bulb. The six events are intended to both introduce consumers to a new lighting choice and commemorate the partnership between the Finally Light Bulb Company and Westlake Ace Hardware. John Goscha, Founder and CEO of the Finally Light Bulb Company will personally host each exchange event. Time and location information are available at www.finallybulbs.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. October 29, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities for its newest location in Maryville, Mo. on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8. The store is located at 1409 South Main (formerly Watkins Hardware).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. October 29, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities for its newest location in Nebraska City, Neb. on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8. The store is located at 1107 Grundman Blvd. (formerly Watkins Hardware).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. October 29, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities for its newest location in Red Oak, Iowa. on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8. The store is located at 1601 N. Broadway (formerly Watkins Hardware).
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) October 22, 2015 – The air is crisp and leaves are turning vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange. Just in time for the holiday season and the cooler months ahead, Westlake Ace Hardware announces its top color and décor trends for fall 2015.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. September 24, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities for its new location in Farmers Branch, Texas on Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 4. The store is located at 12895 Josey Lane (formerly Turner Hardware).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. September 24, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities for its new location in Lewisville, Texas on Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 4.
Westlake Ace Hardware Celebrates 110 Years of Being Helpful
KANSAS CITY, Mo. October 15, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware is kicking off October with an anniversary celebration commemorating “110 Years of Being Helpful.” Hard work, passion and a good-old-fashioned love for the hardware business is what started Westlake, and it’s what has helped the hardware chain grow to 91 locations today. Following is an abbreviated timeline of significant events in Westlake’s 110-year history:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. September 15, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities for its newest location in Beatrice, Neb. on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20. The store is located at 2317 N. 6th Street (formerly Watkins Hardware).
How to refinish your deck in 3 easy steps
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Sept. 1, 2015 – As summer fades, thoughts turn to fall’s pleasant sunny days and cooler evenings – the ideal time for outdoor entertaining on the deck. Your deck takes a pounding from sunlight, moisture, plant debris, and foot traffic. So every two or three years, you need to re-stain your deck to keep it structurally sound and looking its best.
Westlake Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army raised money to help people beat the summer heat.
Kansas City, Mo., August 20, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware recently partnered with The Salvation Army for a fan drive to benefit their local communities and help those in need beat the summer heat. More than $56,600 was raised for the charity, equating to 3,680 box fans – donated at cost – to The Salvation Army.
Fan Drive Helps Those in Need Beat the Heat Donate at any Westlake location, June 27-July 12, 2015
Kansas City, MO, June 22, 2015 – Summer heat can be very dangerous for the elderly, those without air conditioning or with medical conditions. To help those in need beat the heat, Westlake Ace Hardware has partnered with The Salvation Army for a fan drive to benefit local communities.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 22, 2015) - Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has signed a lease to open a new location at 1116 W. Main Street in Lewisville, Texas. The 10,800 square foot store is slated to open during the fall of 2015.
The 110-year-old chain recently acquired Turner Hardware in Farmers Branch.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. April 13, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware is pleased to announce that it has acquired Turner Hardware in Farmers Branch, Texas. With this purchase and the recently announced acquisition of the four-store Watkins Hardware chain in the Midwest, Westlake now has 90 neighborhood hardware stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The 110-year-old chain recently acquired all four Watkins Hardware locations in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. March 30, 2015 – Westlake Ace Hardware is pleased to announce that it has acquired four hardware stores in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. The company will take possession of the properties on March 30, 2015 and begin the process of rebranding the stores as Westlake Ace. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. February 12, 2015 – Since 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured in the United States (as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007), the rush is on for homeowners to find energy efficient and long lasting lighting alternatives.
6 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Winter
KANSAS CITY, Mo., October 31, 2014 – Though many are enjoying the beautiful colors, warm days and crisp nights of autumn, winter is just around the corner. Westlake Ace Hardware reminds homeowners there are six key things they should do now before the mercury drops and the snow flies:
Westlake Ace Hardware refurbishes the Cherry Street House kitchen, dining room and sunroom with fresh paint in exciting colors, refinished furniture and other improvements
KANSAS CITY, Mo., (April 2, 2014) – Spring is finally here, and to celebrate the brighter days ahead, Westlake Ace Hardware has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) to refurbish the kitchen, dining room and sunroom at the Cherry Street House (2501Cherry Street).
Westlake Ace Hardware helps homeowners invite a breath of fresh air indoors this spring and summer with hot new colors and eye-popping projects.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 13, 2014 – Westlake Ace Hardware, in conjunction with Ace Hardware’s team of Design Experts – Julie Richard (Boston, Mass.), Nathan Fischer (Orange County, Calif.) and Katie Reynolds (Dallas, Texas) – is unveiling its predictions for the top spring 2014 color and home décor trends. These design trends and modern paint colors evoke the fresh, brighter days of summer.
Winter Weather is on the Way - Ten Things You Can Do NOW to Prepare
LENEXA, Kan. (December 5, 2013) - Chances are pretty good that most of the Midwest will get a covering of snow and some freezing temperatures at least once this winter. And, while a fresh blanket of snow can be a pretty site, removing it from your sidewalks and driveways and dealing with unfreezing frozen pipes and gutters can be anything but pleasant unless you are properly prepared. Follow these winter weather preparedness tips to make sure you're ready to deal with whatever a storm leaves behind.
LENEXA, Kan. (August 12, 2013) – Westlake Ace Hardware has announced an opening date of August 16, 2013 for their newest store, located at 1401 Mitchell Road in West Plains, Missouri.
Westlake Ace Hardware's selection of grilling products and service was featured on “In the Kitchen with Bonnie” in Kansas City.
"In the Kitchen with Bonnie" is broadcast on the foodie series on Educational TV Channels in parts of the metro area and is featured on Time Warner’s “KC on Demand” - Channel 411 and YouTube.
LENEXA, Kan. (May 2, 2013) - Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it will open a new location at 1401 Mitchell Road in West Plains, Mo. (the former site of Goody’s department store). The new store will serve as the anchor for the West Plains Marketplace shopping center.
Great tips from Westlake Hardware to refresh and renew your lawn this spring
LENEXA, Kan. (April 5, 2013) – April is a great time to refresh and renew your lawn. With last year’s extremely dry summer, it’s likely there has been some degree of damage, die back or death to your once lush lawn.
Westlake Hardware provides 10 tips for choosing plants that will add value and interest to your home
LENEXA, Kan. (April 1, 2013) – Foundation plants like boxwood, juniper and yew can frame a house and make it aesthetically pleasing throughout the year. But these plants are far more than just another pretty face; they should be considered an investment in your property that will help reap long-term benefits when properly planted and cared for.
LENEXA, Kan. (March 8, 2013) – On March 15, Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities for its new location at 2300 South Springfield in Bolivar, Missouri. According to company officials, the store opening not only helps expand the hardware store chain’s market in southern Missouri, it will be an opportunity to showcase a fresh, new store design and layout.
Westlake Ace Hardware Named Donor of the Month by Habitat for Humanity Kansas City ReStore
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Westlake Ace Hardware store chain was recently named Donor of the Month for December by Habitat for Humanity Kansas City ReStore. Westlake has been a cherished local partner to the Habitat KC ReStore for many years but in December 2012, Westlake was given this honor for its in-store promotion “Milwaukee Tool Trade-In Event”. Tools collected as part of the trade-in promotion will be donated to Habitat for Humanity KC ReStore for resale at their two Kansas City locations, 4701 Deramus Avenue and 303 W. 79th St.
Nine Great Do-It-Yourself Holiday Crafts and Gifts
Nail the perfect gift for everyone on your list with these creative DIY projects made from items found at your local hardware store.
LENEXA, Kan. (November 20, 2012) – So many people on your holiday shopping list, but so little time. With these projects you’ll want to make time. And, maybe even a duct tape wallet or two.
Check out these creative ideas, all using items you can pick up at your local hardware store. From weird uncles and hard-to-please spouses, to even-harder-to-impress coworkers, there is something to please everyone on your list. Best of all, each item will be special and hand-made by YOU.
Westlake Ace Hardware's Experts Equip You to Get Through Winter
LENEXA, Kansas., November 12, 2012 — Snow may be pretty, but winter’s variety of frozen and slushy precipitation can lead to a lot of work and problems around the house.
But if you keep the right tools on hand, winter does not have to be cause for stress or worry. With the proper preparation, you can get through the snow and ice without too much strenuous work, and prevent any damage to your home.
Get a jump on winter with the preparedness tools and tips below.
5 Tips to Overcome Stalled Home Improvement Projects
(Lenexa, KS, October 15, 2012) – Earlier this month, a rash of unexplained paranormal activity, including noises, temperature fluctuations, disturbed inventory and apparitions, was reported in several Westlake Hardware stores across the county. An investigative team from HAMR (Home for Abnormal and Metaphysical Research) was called in to document the activity and has the following report:
10 Tips to Ghost-Proof Your Home and Protect Yourself from a Similar Fate
(Lenexa, KS, October 5, 2012)–Paranormal activity, including noises, temperature fluctuations, disturbed inventory and apparitions, have been reported in several Westlake Hardware neighborhood stores across the region. An investigative team from HAMR (Home for Abnormal and Metaphysical Research) has been called in to document this activity.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus
LENEXA, Kan. Sept 25, 2012 — Heat and drought of the summer of 2012 left many landscapes in need of an injection of color and texture. So as the days get shorter, the air gets crisp, and the trees become ablaze with autumn colors of red, orange and yellow, take time to refresh your garden and patio and turn it into the perfect retreat for enjoying the season.
How to Repair Your Drought-Stricken Lawn This Fall
LENEXA, Kan. Sept. 5, 2012 — During the grueling, hot, dry months of the summer of 2012, lawns across the region suffered greatly. During a typical summer, most lawns enter a dormant phase to conserve moisture and energy. However, the historic drought of 2012 has been destructive to communities and homeowners, leaving behind enormous dry patches – the signature of both dormant and dead lawns. In fact, roughly 80 percent of the U.S. has experienced drought this year, some areas reaching severe and extreme drought conditions.
LENEXA, Kan. August 8, 2012 — Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it will close its store located at 4545 South Noland Road, in Independence, Mo. The last day of business for the store will be Sunday September 2, 2012. Company officials stated that financial performance has not been at the level necessary to continue its operation. The Company will continue to operate the second Independence Westlake store located at 415 East 24 Highway.
LENEXA, Kan. June 28, 2012 — Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it will not renew the lease for its store in North Dallas. The last day of business for the store, located at 10031 Marsh Lane, will be July 31, 2012. Company officials stated that financial performance has not been at the level necessary to enter into a new long term lease agreement.
LENEXA, Kan. June 28, 2012 — Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it will not renew the lease for its store in St. Charles, Mo. The last day of business for the store, located at 1920 Zumbehl, will be July 1, 2012. Company officials stated that financial performance has not been at the level necessary to enter into a new long term lease agreement.
Fly, fly, fly the butterfly…in the garden is flying low – nursery rhyme
Create a Garden that Welcomes Nature’s Most Beautiful Insects: Butterflies
LENEXA, Kan. May 29, 2012 — Kids love to chase them. Adults simply enjoy watching them. Every person young and old gets excited when one alights on a shoulder or outstretched hand. Butterflies are nature’s most beautiful, natural garden adornments. They add splashes of color and delicate movement. As their natural habitats disappear, there are several easy and fun ways to create a butterfly habitat in your backyard that will not only help them survive – but flourish.
Help Mom Create a Garden that Welcomes Them
LENEXA, Kan. May 7, 2012 — Treat your Mom to a “tweet” surprise on Mother’s Day by helping to fill her garden with hummingbirds, songbirds, finches, woodpeckers, sparrows and more. Not only will she appreciate you, but with the right accessories she will enjoy your special gift throughout the year.
Whether Mom enjoys tiny hummingbirds or loves to watch colorful finches and songbirds, some great planning and gardening will create an environment sure to attract birds. Four simple elements will make any yard a bird’s favorite destination: food, water, shelter and nesting places.
Westlake Ace Hardware Teams with SoundBite Communications to Deliver Innovative Weather The Storm Program
Customers Benefit from Timely, Location-Based Inclement Weather Notifications to their Mobile Devices
BEDFORD, Mass., January 25, 2012 ─ SoundBite Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: SDBT), a leading global provider of mobile marketing solutions today announced it has deployed a new mobile campaign with Westlake Ace Hardware, the largest member of the Ace Hardware Cooperative. Westlake is leveraging SoundBite’s multi-channel communications platform and mobile marketing expertise for their Weather the Storm mobile campaign.
TULSA, Okla., January 3, 2012 — Whether it’s bats in the belfry or nuisance raccoons, Ned Bruha is a man of all seasons when it comes to evicting uninvited and destructive wildlife from homes and businesses throughout Oklahoma and surrounding states. Winter is an especially demanding time of year for the Vice President of The Skunk Whisperer®, Inc., which is featured on the reality television series that airs on Animal Planet.
“When it starts turning cold, animals want to move back into attics and under crawl spaces,” according to Bruha. “The biggest ‘move in’ of uninvited guests that we have this time of year is squirrels, raccoons and skunks. Mother Nature has been generous with the warm weather this year, so our second busiest season is just getting started.”
LENEXA, KS, Dec. 7, 2011 — With 90 percent of people across the nation attending at least one barbecue every year, grilling is an American tradition. For some, it’s a way to a good meal. But for others, it’s much more—it’s a hobby, a passion, a way of life.
Westlake Ace Hardware's grill master Scott Drawbaugh places himself in the latter group.
“There’s nothing like grilling. I’m always experimenting with new methods and tools,” Drawbaugh said.
For enthusiasts like Drawbaugh, grilling is an art. It takes time and practice. Once you master the basics, there is endless room for experimentation with different techniques and recipes. And like any artist, a grilling enthusiast needs to be equipped with the right tools.
George Smith, CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware, is interviewed by Thinking Bigger Business Media Inc. Smith shares insights for building a strong customer-service focus in light of changing consumer lifestyles by providing answers and "how to" information to customers, and by implementing a customer insights program to gain ongoing feedback from shoppers. Westlake Hardware was recently named Retailer of the Year by Home Channel News, the leading hardware and home improvement industry trade publication. LISTEN
Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware, one of the country's leading independent hardware retailers and a company reaping the benefits of a top-to-bottom reevaluation , has been named "2011 Retailer of the Year" by Home Channel News.
The company will accept the award May 11 at the Golden Hammer Awards breakfast event in Las Vegas, held in conjunction with the National Hardware Show.
Hardware Leader Wins National Retailer of the Year Award
When the U.S. economy began to slide into recession in 2008, Westlake Ace Hardware, like all retailers, faced challenges. Westlake’s fortunes, like those of its larger home center competition, have traditionally been linked to the housing industry, so this economic downturn was especially daunting. At the time it was not understood how long or deep the recession would be, but Westlake management did understand this recession was going to do more than impact consumer spending in the short term. Westlake detected subtle yet important shifts in consumer attitudes and behaviors. Their customers spoke about spending more time with family, staying closer to home and reconnecting with friends, neighbors and the local community.