Skip to content


Thirteen-unit Bishop Ace Hardware of central Illinois has agreed to be acquired by Ace Retail Holdings

Table of Contents

Ace Retail Holdings has agreed to acquire Bishop Ace Hardware, a 13-store chain in central Illinois, with the deal set to close July 28.

According to Ace Retail Holdings, it will be a seamless transition of ownership, with the stores retaining their Ace branding, management, personnel and current product mix.

Locations are in Carlinville, Chatham, Dwight, Havana, Hillsboro, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Normal, Pittsfield, Pontiac, Taylorville, and two in Springfield, Il.

Bishop Ace Hardware owners Lucy Stafford and George Preckwinkle like to say they were literally “born into the hardware business” after their parents founded the business in 1960 in Springfield, Il., with one small, local hardware store. “Our partnership with the Ace brand goes back to 1960. While carrying the Ace brand, the family grew Bishop Hardware from one to 13 stores. We’ve always been eager to adopt new Ace programs, product lines, and technologies to help our store teammates provide the best level of service to our customers and communities,” said Preckwinkle.

Stafford noted, “We’re not just selling hardware, we’re helping customers improve their lives with advice and quality products. Our connection with our customers is deeper than just sales, and Ace Retail Holdings feels the same way. As we hand over the reins, we are confident our shared values will help ensure the continuation of the high level of customer service and community involvement we have always strived for as a family business.”

“It’s been a privilege to serve so many Illinois communities over the past decades and we feel confident that Ace Retail Holdings is the perfect fit to continue serving our communities well into the future. Ace is truly The Helpful Place,” she added.

Joe Jeffries, president and CEO of Ace Retail Holdings remarked, “Bishop Ace Hardware has always placed a priority on making sure that customers throughout Illinois are provided with the products, support, and world-class service that is the cornerstone of the Ace brand. Their passion for the hardware business has created a tradition of excellence that is truly inspiring. It is an honor to continue their legacy.”

Headquartered in the Kansas City area, Ace Retail Holdings is a division of Ace Hardware Corp.