Westlake Hardware News

Nov 14 2018

Top 10 Holiday Home Prep Tips

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 14, 2018) – The holiday season is quickly approaching, and soon homes everywhere will be full of laughter and good cheer as friends and family gather to celebrate the season. Westlake Ace Hardware offers these 10 tips to help make sure your season sparkles and your house is ready for guests.

Nov 02 2018

Grand Opening Set for Bonner Springs Westlake Ace Hardware

Weekend celebration Nov. 2-3 will include a board cutting ceremony, family-friendly activities and charity cookout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct 29, 2018) - The newest Westlake Ace Hardware will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, November 2 with a “board cutting” ceremony at 3 p.m. Representatives from the Bonner Springs Chamber of Commerce and Westlake will cut a ceremonial board to mark the occasion. The celebration will continue on Saturday, November 3 and will include family-friendly activities such as BBQ demonstrations, pet adoptions, face painting, and chances to win Ace Hardware gift cards.

Oct 16 2018

Vic Carr, the ‘paint guy’ at Corinth hardware store, expresses himself with ‘paint-by-neighbor’ boards

Vic Carr, the paint manager at Westlake Ace Hardware in Corinth Square, is making and auctioning paint boards, which are collections of paint from each purchase.

Oct 04 2018

Grand Opening Set for Cary Ace Hardware

Weekend community celebration Oct. 5-6 will include family-friendly activities and a charity cookout.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 3, 2018) — The newest Ace Hardware store in Cary, North Carolina will officially open Friday, October 5 with a “board cutting” ceremony. The grand opening celebration kicks off Saturday, October 6 and will include family-friendly activities, demos from Ace vendors, and chances to win Ace Hardware gift cards. The store is located at 2976 Kildaire Farm Road (in the Hemlock Plaza shopping center

Oct 02 2018

Westlake Hardware CEO Named One of Kansas City's Most Influential Business Leaders

Before you can compile a roster of the most influential business executives in a market of nearly 3 million people, you first must define what it means to have influence as an executive, what it means to wield that power, and what it means, from that executive perch, to make a significant impact that goes beyond your company’s own financial interests.

Aug 14 2018

Westlake Hardware Announces Partnership with Bar K Dog Bar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (August 14, 2018) – Westlake Ace Hardware is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Bar K an innovative two-acre off-leash dog park, bar, and restaurant opening in the heart of Kansas City.

Aug 01 2018

Westlake Ace Hardware to Open New Store in Bonner Springs, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (August 1, 2018) - Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has signed a lease to open a new location at 626 South 130th Street in Bonner Springs, Kansas (on the southwest corner of Kansas Avenue and K-7 highway). The store is slated to open during the fall of 2018.

Jul 12 2018

More Than $118,000 Raised for Heat Relief

Westlake Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army raise funds to give more than 9,000 fans to those in need.

Jun 06 2018

Fan Drive Heats Up for Summer Relief

Westlake Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army Team Up to Raise Money for Fans

Kansas City, MO – June 7, 2018 – Summer heat can be a threat to anyone, especially the elderly and those without air conditioning or with medical conditions. To help those in need beat the inevitable heat, Westlake Ace Hardware has once again partnered with The Salvation Army to provide fans for communities in need.

May 10 2018

Westlake to Open New Ace Hardware Location in Cary, North Carolina

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 10 2018) - Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has signed a lease to open a new Ace Hardware location at 2976 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, North Carolina (in the Hemlock Plaza shopping center). The 20,000 square foot store is slated to open in fall 2018. Westlake currently owns and operates nine Ace Hardware stores in North Carolina

May 02 2018

Westlake Ace Hardware To Open New Store in Parkville, Missouri

The new store will be the hardware store chain’s 20th location in the Kansas City metro area.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 1, 2018) - Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has signed a lease to open a new location at 9200 NW Highway 45 in Parkville, Mo. (near the Price Chopper grocery store, south of Tom Watson Parkway). The 15,000 square foot store is slated to open during the fall of 2018 and will be the 20th Westlake store in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Apr 06 2018

Odessa Westlake Ace Hardware Announce Partnership with Hallmark Gold Crown® and Expansion of Pet Supply Department

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 2, 2018) — Westlake Ace Hardware is partnering with Hallmark Cards, Inc. to open a Hallmark Gold Crown department within its Odessa store located at 4652 E. University Blvd. In addition, Westlake is expanding their Pet Supply pet department, adding more than 2,100 square feet of unique pet supply items. 

Apr 02 2018

Westlake Ace Hardware Announces CEO Retirement and Appointment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – April 2, 2018 Westlake Ace Hardware announced today that Joe Jeffries has been named president and CEO. Jeffries succeeds Tom Knox, who retired as CEO on March 30.

Mar 22 2018

St. Joseph Westlake Ace Hardware to Add New Hallmark Gold Crown® Department

Selection will include Hallmark cards, gift wrap and gifts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 22, 2018)Westlake Ace Hardware has announced that it is partnering with Hallmark Cards, Inc. to open a Hallmark Gold Crown department within its St. Joseph store located at 1325 S. Belt Highway. The Hallmark partnership will complement Westlake’s existing in-store experience, providing customers with a convenient place to find Hallmark items for the special occasions in their lives.

Jan 26 2018

Columbia Westlake Ace Hardware Celebrates Open House to Showcase New Hallmark Gold Crown and Expanded Pet Department

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 26, 2018) – Westlake Ace Hardware will hold a community Open House event on Saturday, February 3 at its location at 1910 West Worley from 10am to 2pm. The event will celebrate the opening of its expanded Westlake Pet Supply pet department as well as a new Hallmark Gold Crown store located within that Westlake Ace Hardware store.

Jan 16 2018

Caring for our Feathered Friends

3 easy projects to keep birds fed, hydrated, and protected this winter

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) January 16, 2018 – The short days, frigid nights, lack of food sources, and frozen water make winter tough on the birds in your yard and garden. According to Westlake Ace Hardware, caring for our feathered friends during the coldest time of year is easy and can be accomplished with three, easy-to-do projects.

Jan 10 2018

Westlake Ace Hardware To Acquire Washington Chain

Westlake has agreed to acquire the Dennis Company, a five-store hardware chain in Washington state.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – January 11th, 2018 - Westlake Ace Hardware announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Dennis Company, a five-store retail hardware chain in coastal southwest Washington. With this acquisition, which will be finalized on March 26, 2018, Westlake will own 121 stores across ten states.

Dec 14 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware Expands in North Carolina

Westlake has agreed to acquire Seaboard Ace Hardware in Raleigh, North Carolina. The store chain will retain its name, management, store personnel, and product mix.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 14, 2017- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire Seaboard Ace Hardware in Raleigh, N.C. It is anticipated this purchase will be completed on February 19, 2018. According to Westlake, it will be a seamless transition of ownership and the store will retain the Seaboard Ace name, management, store personnel, and the current product mix.

Nov 03 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware To Expand in Chicago Area

Westlake has entered into an agreement to acquire Buikema’s Ace Hardware in the Chicagoland area. The seven-store chain will retain its name, management, store personnel, and product mix.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 2, 2017- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire Buikema’s Ace Hardware. It is anticipated that this purchase will be completed on January 2, 2018. With this acquisition, Westlake will operate 115 retail hardware locations in the U.S.

Nov 01 2017

5 Tips to Spruce Up Your Home for The Holidays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 1, 2017) — The holidays are right around the corner and that can mean a flurry of houseguests and activity. But getting ready for company doesn’t necessarily call for hours of work to give your home a fresh new appearance — a number of projects can be accomplished in one weekend or during a single evening.

Sep 27 2017

Grill Cleaning in 5 Easy Steps

How to give your grill a quick cleanup and prepare for fall barbeques

KANSAS CITY, Mo., September 27, 2017- Fall may be upon us, but for grilling enthusiasts it doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the grill. In fact, the cooler temperatures and fewer pesky bugs make this a perfect time of year to grill.

Sep 20 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware Expands in North Carolina

Westlake has acquired Outer Banks Ace Hardware in North Carolina. The six-store chain will retain its name, management, personnel, and product mix.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., September 20, 2017- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has acquired Outer Banks Ace Hardware. The chain has six locations between Dare and Currituck counties in North Carolina. With this acquisition, Westlake now operates 107 retail hardware locations in the U.S.

Aug 31 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware Stores Accepting Donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Secure system in place for customers to donate directly to the American Red Cross

KANSAS CITY, Mo., August 31, 2017 - In response to the Hurricane Harvey national relief effort, Westlake Ace Hardware announced today that it will be accepting donations to the American Red Cross at all of its 101 stores in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. A secure system has been set up to allow customers to give donations in-store at the register, regardless whether they make a purchase or not. All donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Aug 09 2017

More Than 3,300 Fans Given to The Salvation Army

Westlake Ace Hardware recently hosted its annual Fan Drive for The Salvation Army, raising more than $50,000 nationally

KANSAS CITY, Mo., August 8, 2017 – 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. In the span of just 18 days, Westlake’s customers donated more than $50,000 to the charity. That money was used to purchase more than 3,300 fans.

Aug 07 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware Expands to 101 Stores

The hardware retailer grows to 101 stores nationally with the acquisition of Indian Hills Ace Hardware in Wichita, Kansas.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., August 7, 2017- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today that it has finalized acquisition of Indian Hills Ace Hardware in Wichita, Kan. With this acquisition, Westlake now operates 101 retail hardware locations in the U.S., and six in the Wichita area. The store is located at 2439 West 13th Street North.

Jul 25 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware To Open New Store in Princeton, Texas

With the opening of the new store, Westlake will have 12 stores in Texas.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 25, 2017- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has signed a lease to open a new location at 701 E. Princeton Dr. in Princeton, Texas. The 11,900 square foot store is slated to open in mid-September 2017.

Jun 28 2017

It’s 100! More Growth for Westlake Ace Hardware

The hardware retailer continues to grow with the acquisition of two Ace Hardware locations in the Omaha, Neb. area. Westlake now has 100 locations in the U.S.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 28, 2017- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today that it has finalized acquisition of two Q.P. Ace Hardware stores in the Omaha, Neb. area. With this acquisition, Westlake now operates 100 retail hardware locations in the U.S.

Jun 22 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army Partner to Bring Relief from Heat

Kansas City, MO, June 22, 2017 – The Salvation Army and Westlake Ace Hardware are teaming up to help provide relief from the summer heat to local communities. Westlake is hosting a fan drive beginning Thursday, June 22 at 96 locations nationwide.

Apr 27 2017

Get Up-Close and Personal With No. 19 Stanley Toyota Camry

Westlake Ace Hardware becomes pit stop for fans in Kansas City

Kansas City (MO) - April 26, 2017 – Start your engines and drive down to your local participating Westlake Ace Hardware over the next two weekends for the chance to get an inside look at the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota Camry piloted by Daniel Suárez of the Joe Gibbs Racing team. The show car will make special appearances at several Westlake Ace Hardware stores in conjunction with the Ace Hardware Foundation “Racing for a Miracle” fundraising campaign that benefits Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Consumers are invited to participate in the in-store fundraising activities benefitting local CMN partner, KU Pediatrics at The University of Kansas Medical Center.

Apr 19 2017

Spring Cleaning Tips

The beautiful spring weather has many people thinking about opening up their windows and doing some spring-cleaning

Mar 28 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware and Hummert Dyna-Green Partner to Start Your Spring Gardening

Bring a soil sample to select Westlake Ace Hardware stores in the KC Metro area and have it tested by a specialist from Hummert Dyna-Green Apr 1 & 2

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:  April 1 & April  - Homeowners can take the guesswork out of fertilizing this spring by having their yard or garden soil tested. A soil test analyzes the current health of soil, helping determine which fertilizers and amendments to supplement for the greenest, healthiest lawn and garden. Bring a soil sample to select Westlake Ace Hardware stores in the KC Metro area and have it tested by a specialist from Hummert Dyna-Green, a leading distributor of horticulture products. The Hummert representative will test soil levels for acidity.

Mar 16 2017

Continued Growth, New Product Lines, Helpful Associates

Westlake’s CEO discusses the retailer’s national expansion plans, the value of differentiated product offerings, and the role of engaged employees.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 16, 2017- Westlake Ace Hardware, the largest member of the ACE Hardware distribution network, has added 13 stores since 2015, bringing their total number of stores to 98 in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. According to Westlake CEO Tom Knox, that kind of consistent growth will likely continue in coming years.

Mar 13 2017

Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Paint Comes to Westlake

Westlake Ace is selected as the first full-line hardware retailer of the interior designer and TV personality’s new premium paint collection

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 13, 2017 - Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it is the first hardware retailer to offer the full line of Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Premium Interior Paint in-store. Personally crafted by Gaines, interior designer and nationally recognized home renovation expert, the line of 150 timeless interior paint colors are designed to help Do-It-Yourselfers recreate her hallmark relaxed, easy “modern farmhouse” style.

Jan 05 2017

Do-It-Yourself Made Easy: Winter Bird Care

3 easy projects to keep our feathered friends fed, hydrated, and protected this winter

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Jan. 5, 2017 – The short days, frigid nights, lack of food and water sources make winter tough on the birds in your yard and garden. According to Westlake Ace Hardware, caring for our feathered friends during the coldest time of year is easy and can be accomplished with three, easy projects.

Dec 14 2016

Westlake Ace Hardware Expands to 98 Stores

KANSAS CITY, Mo. December 14, 2016 — Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has finalized its acquisition of two hardware stores in the Wichita, Kan. area.  The new stores are located at 642 N. Andover Rd. in Andover, Kan. and 6230 E. Central Ave. in Wichita, Kan. (both formerly Williams Ace Hardware). The stores are in the process of being re-branded as Westlake Ace locations.

Nov 14 2016

6 Sparkly Smart Tips for Outdoor Holiday Lighting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. November 14, 2016 - The hustle, bustle and merriment of the holiday season will soon be in full swing. As you head outside to decorate and make the house sparkle and shine, Westlake Ace Hardware recommends these six tips to make sure your holiday lighting projects are safe and stress-free.

Oct 10 2016

Grand Opening Set for New Westlake Ace Hardware in South Overland Park

Weekend community celebration set for Oct. 14-16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 10, 2016)Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities – including a “board cutting” and family-friendly activities – for its newest location in Overland Park, Kan., Oct. 14-16. With this opening, Lenexa-based Westlake now has 20 stores in the Kansas City metro area.

Oct 10 2016

Grand Opening Set for Westlake Ace Hardware in Carrollton, TX

Weekend community celebration set for Oct. 14-16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 10, 2016)Westlake Ace Hardware will hold grand opening festivities – including a ribbon cutting, vendor demos, and family-friendly activities – for its new location in Carrollton, Texas, the weekend of Oct. 14-16. This marks the tenth store for Westlake Ace Hardware in Texas.

Sep 14 2016

3 Easy Tips for Fall Lawn Care

Kansas City, MO, September 14, 2016 – September through October is the best time of the year to renovate lawns and prepare turf for winter. The warm days of autumn help grass seed germinate, while the cool evenings help fend off disease.

Jul 18 2016

Ace Hardware of Raleigh Purchase Finalized

The purchase of Ace Hardware of Raleigh by Westlake Ace Hardware is final, as of Monday, July 18. The new ownership group ensures a seamless transition.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. July 18, 2016- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has finalized its acquisition of the two-store Ace Hardware of Raleigh chain. Westlake will take possession of two locations: North Ridge Shopping Center (6196 Falls of Neuse Road) and Falls River Shopping Center (10930 Raven Ridge Road).

Jul 12 2016

“Hello, Neighbor!” from Seagoville Westlake Ace Hardware

From July 15-17, the new Westlake Ace Hardware store will hold an event to introduce itself to the Seagoville community.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. July 12, 2016- From Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17, Westlake Ace Hardware is officially opening its doors and welcoming the Seagoville community to its newest location at 550 North Hwy. 175 (formerly Seagoville Ace Hardware). The event will give customers an opportunity to meet General Manager Carla Gill and their other new neighbors at the store, take advantage of great savings, and enter a drawing for fabulous prizes.

Jun 22 2016

Westlake Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army Team Up to Raise Money for Fans

Kansas City, MO, June 22, 2016 – Summer heat can be very dangerous for the elderly, those without air conditioning or with medical conditions. To help those in need beat the inevitable heat, Westlake Ace Hardware has partnered with The Salvation Army to raise money for fans for local communities.

Jun 20 2016

DIY MADE EASY: 3 WAYS TO CREATE A BACKYARD OASIS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 20, 2016) — Summer entertaining season is in full swing – backyard BBQs, neighborhood gatherings, family cookouts, and the Fourth of July. 
If you need motivation to get your backyard party started, the pros at Westlake Ace Hardware share some simple tips that require minimal effort and yield big impact so you’ll have more time to kick back and enjoy.

Jun 15 2016

Westlake Ace Hardware Continues to Grow in Texas

The 110-year-old chain acquired Seagoville Ace Hardware, making it the retailer’s 11th location in Texas.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. June 15, 2016- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has acquired Seagoville Ace Hardware at 550 North Hwy. 175 in Seagoville, Texas. The 13,000 square foot store is now a Westlake Ace.

Jun 09 2016

Westlake Ace Hardware Adds Store in Overland Park, KS

With this newest addition, Lenexa-based Westlake will have 20 stores in the Kansas City metro area.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. June 9, 2016- Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has entered into a lease agreement and will be opening a new store in the current location of Dobbels True Value Hardware located in Stanley Station at 7821 West 151st Street in Overland Park, Kansas.

May 24 2016

13 Tips for Controlling Mosquitoes This Summer

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.

Mar 02 2016

Westlake Ace Hardware Continues to Grow in Texas

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.

Mar 02 2016

DIY Made Easy: Spring Lawn & Garden Care

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.

Mar 02 2016

DIY Made Easy: Spring Flowering Containers

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.

Mar 02 2016

Make Mom’s Day – Create a Backyard Getaway

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.

 

Feb 09 2016

Do It Together This Valentine's Day

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.

Nov 23 2015

7 Tips To Make Your Holidays Sparkling and Safe

(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.

Nov 16 2015

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 

Oct 29 2015

Maryville Westlake Ace Hardware Grand Opening Set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. October 29, 2015Westlake 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).

Oct 29 2015

Nebraska City Westlake Ace Hardware Grand Opening Set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. October 29, 2015Westlake 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).

Oct 29 2015

Red Oak Westlake Ace Hardware Grand Opening Set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. October 29, 2015Westlake 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).

Oct 23 2015

Westlake Ace Unveils Top Paint Colors, Décor Tips for Fall 2015

(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.

Sep 24 2015

Farmers Branch Westlake Ace Hardware Grand Opening Set

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).

Sep 24 2015

Lewisville Westlake Ace Hardware Grand Opening Set

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.

Sep 24 2015

Westlake Celebrates 110th Anniversary

Westlake Ace Hardware Celebrates 110 Years of Being Helpful

KANSAS CITY, Mo. October 15, 2015Westlake 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:

Sep 15 2015

Beatrice Westlake Ace Hardware Grand Opening Set for September 19-20

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).

Sep 01 2015

Clean, Stain, and Entertain

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.

Aug 24 2015

More Than 3,500 Fans Donated to Those in Need

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.

Jun 22 2015

Westlake Ace Hardware Kicks-Off Fan Drive

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.

Jun 22 2015

Westlake Ace Hardware to Open New Store in Lewisville, Texas

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.

Apr 13 2015

Westlake Ace Hardware Expands in Texas

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.

Mar 30 2015

Westlake Ace Hardware Expands

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.

Feb 12 2015

4 Simple Steps to More Energy-Efficient Lighting

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.

Nov 12 2014

Autumn Home Prep

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:

 

Apr 02 2014

A Fresh Look for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

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). 

Apr 02 2014

Awaken Your Home With New Paint Colors and Décor Trends

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.

Dec 05 2013

Winter Weather is on the Way

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.

Aug 13 2013

Summer’s End Doesn’t Mean The End of Lawn Care

Simple Steps for Stress-Free Fall Lawn Renovation

LENEXA, Kan. (August 13, 2013) – Late August through October is the optimal time for homeowners to renovate their lawns, prepare turf for winter, and look ahead for lush spring growth.

Aug 12 2013

Westlake Ace Hardware Announces Opening Date of West Plains Store and Chances to Win Big Prizes

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.

Jul 12 2013

In the Kitchen with Bonnie

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.

May 02 2013

Westlake Ace Hardware Announces New Store in West Plains, Mo

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.

Apr 05 2013

Spring Your Lawn Back to Life

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.

Apr 01 2013

Enhance Your Home This Spring With Foundation Plantings

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.

Mar 08 2013

A Fresh Look for the Newest Westlake Ace Hardware Store

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.

Nov 30 2012

Donor of the Month

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.

Nov 21 2012

Duct Tape Wallets, PVC Wreaths and Hex Nut Bracelets:

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.

Nov 12 2012

Winter Weather Preparedness

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.

Oct 18 2012

Recent Ghost Activity at Westlake Hardware Linked to Rash of Unfinished Home Repair Projects

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:

Oct 10 2012

Paranormal Activity Spotted at Westlake Hardware Locations

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.

Sep 26 2012

7 Easy Tips for An Autumn Paradise In Your Yard

"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.

Sep 05 2012

Basic Lawn Care vs. Complete Lawn Renovation

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.

Aug 08 2012

Westlake Hardware to Close Store in Independence, MO

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.

Jun 28 2012

Westlake Hardware to Close Store in North Dallas

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.

Jun 28 2012

Westlake Hardware to Close Store in St. Charles, Mo.

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.

May 29 2012

Create a Garden that Welcomes Nature’s Most Beautiful Insects: Butterflies

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.

May 07 2012

Mother’s Day is For the Birds!

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.

Jan 25 2012

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.

Jan 03 2012

Colder Weather Increases Risk of Uninvited Guests in Your Home

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.”

Dec 11 2011

The Art of Winter Grilling

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.

Aug 24 2011

George Smith, CEO Interview

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

May 04 2011

Westlake Ace Hardware named ‘Retailer of the Year’

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.

Apr 28 2011

Consumer Lifestyle Changes Prompt Growth Strategy Shift for Westlake

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.

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