Saturday, January 18, 2014

• Better Know a Local Business: Ace Hardware

In my series of "Better Know A Local Business" I present  ACE Hardware , managed by Kassandra Wachtel. This a family owned business that currently employs thirteen people and is located off of Clinton Keith Rd in the Albertson's Shopping Center.

♪♫ ACE is the place with the place with the helpful hardware man... and woman.♫♪   Come on, you remember that jingle too... if not, click the image to see a vintage ACE Hardware TV commercial.

Wildomar ACE Hardware is an active member of our community. It has donated toward many community causes —like our parks, including the tile painting fund raiser. 

I was asking Kassandra when their busiest time of the year usually is, and she was quick to tell me, "Springtime, with the peak being May/June."

Which made sense after I had asked her what the busiest departments are...  
Garden and Paint.
Interesting things I learned while visiting ACE Hardware today include:
  • They are an authorized Craftsman Tools dealer. With the same warranty that you'd find at Sears.
  • They carry Benjamin Moore paints.

  • They rent things like generators, pressure washers, sump pumps and carpet cleaners.
  •  They have a community bulletin board where tradesmen post their business cards or flyers.


They carry Stihl outdoor power tools. From chainsaws to weedeaters, blowers to shop vacs. And they also do the repairs on Stihl outdoor power tools when they need it.

Of course they have the usual things you'd expect in a hardware store too.
  • electrical
  • plumbing
  • faucets
  • nuts and bolts and nails etc.
  • pesticides
  • key cutting
  • patio furniture and barbecues
And some things you might not expect like:
 Pet Supplies, Pool Supplies and Canning Supplies.
So I asked Kassandra a question she hears all the time... "But what about those big box competitors of yours?" 

She grinned and said that topic comes up regularly. From what I got out of the conversation is that, ACE Hardware is a local store with competitive prices, which takes an active part in the community, and strives to provide excellent customer service. 

It's nice to be able to shop local while supporting a business in Wildomar. If you haven't visited ACE Hardware yet, do so to see what they offer. If you usually drive into Murrieta or Lake Elsinore for your hardware needs, you may just find out they have what you need without having to drive to another city.  

ACE Hardware's online presence.
Take a look at some of the pictures I took of the store.
Key cutting done while you wait.

A large selection of patio and outdoor furniture.
A selection of items that the younger crowd would love too.

Friendly employees, and gotta like that "No Hassle Returns" sign.

ACE Hardware is full of many fun things.
These little trees have more fruit on them
than the one I planted three years ago.

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  1. I go there to buy washing soda, borax, and fels naptha soap... home-made laundry detergent. They always have at least one of everything I need :)

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