Westlake Ace Hardware has signed lease agreement to open two more stores in the greater Los Angeles area, bringing to 17 its store count in the state, including eight in Southern California.
Renovations will begin this summer on a 16,000-sq. ft. facility in Simi Valley, Ca., with an anticipated soft opening in the fall under the name Ace Hardware of Simi Valley.
Work will start later in the summer on a 12,500-sq. ft. location in Glendale, Ca., projecting a December soft opening for Ace Hardware of Glendale.
In addition to offering such services as key cutting and automotive key fob replacement, a propane tank exchange, and knife sharpening, both stores will sell lawn and garden supplies, fasteners, tools, plumbing, and electrical supplies. The new store will also feature several specialty departments and store-within-a-store concepts.
A previously-announced branch now under construction in Porter Ranch, Ca., is opening this summer.
Based in Kansas City, Mo., 118-year-old Westlake Ace Hardware operates more than 150 stores in 12 states. The chain has been affiliated with Ace Hardware since 1959.