Dec 14 2016

Westlake Ace Hardware Expands to 98 Stores

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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.

General Managers have been named at both locations: Michael Thornton in Wichita, and James Jaeger in Andover.

 With these acquisitions, Westlake has 98 stores across eight states. The hardware chain has three other locations in Wichita:

  • 3110 E. Douglas
  • 2559 S. Seneca
  • 8829 W. Central

Both new Westlake stores will sell such traditional hardware products as fasteners, tools, plumbing and electric supplies and paint – as well as outdoor living and BBQ products, and a wide range of lawn and garden supplies.  The Andover location will also continue to carry farm & feed supplies.  An Open House will be scheduled in spring of 2017 to formally introduce Westlake to its new neighbors.

“Westlake Hardware’s vision is to be the best, most helpful hardware stores on the planet,” said Tom Knox, CEO of Westlake. “We are excited to deepen our roots in Wichita and expand our relationship with the community. As we continue to grow, we will always be there to help our customers keep their households running smoothly by providing the highest level of service, know-how, and products.”

Interested job applicants are asked to contact Iris Castro at

About Westlake Ace Hardware

Westlake has been in operation for more than 100 years and currently has 98 neighborhood hardware stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. It has been part of the Ace hardware distribution network since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace subsidiary since 2012. Westlake is the largest member of the Ace Hardware Cooperative, giving its customers access to more than 70,000 products—both in-store and by special order—to help them complete numerous household and lawn and garden projects. For more information about Westlake, please visit

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