Company History

Ace Retail Holdings, the division of Ace Hardware Corporation that owns and operates the Westlake Ace Hardware chain, is one of the largest hardware retailers in the United States. Headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, Westlake Ace Hardware has been in operation for 113 years and operates over 120 neighborhood stores located throughout 10 states. The company was started in 1905 in Huntsville, MO, when W.I. Westlake bought part ownership in a hardware store. The company slowly expanded over the next few decades until Westlake joined the Ace Hardware distribution network in 1959 and eventually became the largest Ace dealer in America.

Our dedication to service doesn't start and stop with only homeowners. Because of our start as a small business, we have a unique perspective on the needs of our business customers. We understand business owners have a unique set of needs that must be met in order to stay profitable. Each Westlake Ace Hardware has a dedicated Commercial Account Representative to help our business customers keep their businesses running smoothly.

While the merchandise may have changed, along with store locations and size, the commitment to be the best neighborhood hardware store in the market remains. This commitment is what has kept Westlake strong for its first century of service - and will keep us growing into our next century. You can expect the neighborly advice you need to find the right solution for any project you may face – big or small.

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