Sep 20 2017

Westlake Ace Hardware Expands in North Carolina

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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.

According to Westlake, it was a seamless transition of ownership and the stores will retain the Outer Banks Ace name, management, store personnel, and the current product mix. Founded in 1950 by Burwell “Burl” Evans, Outer Banks Ace Hardware has grown to include six stores throughout the Outer Banks:

  • Avon (42000 Highway 12): Jenn O’Neill, general manager
  • Corolla (822 Ocean Trail): Jessica Banks, general manager
  • Grandy (6704 Caratoke Highway): Donna Vance, general manager
  • Kitty Hawk (4132 North Croatan Highway): Mike Jennings, general manager
  • Manteo (300 US Highway 64): Shelia Varner, general manager
  • Nags Head (2718 South Croatan Highway): Courtney Nixon, general manager

Outer Banks Ace Hardware will sell traditional hardware products such as fasteners, tools, paint, plumbing and electrical supplies. Additionally, all of the stores will continue to carry a large supply of spa and pool products with the Kitty Hawk store maintaining the largest inventory. The chain also sells a wide range of specialty products (which are unique to each store): gardening products, outdoor furniture, beach and boating products, Stihl power equipment, pet products, and equine and livestock supplies.

Westlake also owns Ace Hardware of Raleigh, with locations at North Ridge Shopping Center (6196 Falls of Neuse Road) and Falls River Shopping Center (10930 Raven Ridge Road).

“Westlake is a growing and vibrant brand, and we are excited to become part of the Outer Banks community,” said Tom Knox, CEO of Westlake. “Outer Banks Ace Hardware is a top-notch operation with a 67-year-long tradition of outstanding customer service. We welcome them into the Westlake family and vow to always be there to help their 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 Outer Banks Ace Hardware

In 1950, on a salty Manteo waterfront, founder Burwell ‘Burl’ Evans fulfilled his dream of a hardware store on the Outer Banks, N.C.
During the past 67 years, Outer Banks Ace has grown to six convenient locations between Dare and Currituck counties. The retailer has always taken pride in providing excellent service to the people who live on and visit Northeast N.C., and offering a clean, convenient and pleasant shopping experience.


About Westlake Ace Hardware

Westlake has been in operation for more than 100 years and currently has 107 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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