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NEW HARDWARE STORE OPENS IN SULTAN
Ace is the place for Grand Opening celebration
April 26, 2012
(SULTAN, WA) -- It is not often that a major new business, bringing with it new jobs and many needed products moves into a community as small as Sultan.
The new Ace Hardware store along Highway 2 in Sultan just across the Sultan River Bridge. Chronicle photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
That is why the community is celebrating this week the Grand Opening of the new Ace Hardware store near the banks of the mighty Skykomish and Sultan Rivers.
The new store, managed by local area resident resident Chuck Estes, is located at the site of the former Front Porch Feed & Seed just across the Sultan River Bridge on the north side of Highway 2.
The new store, open since Feb. 18 in a newly renovated space, is having a Grand Opening spectacular Friday, Saturday and Sunday with music, prizes to win, free coffee and donuts and hot dogs and pop, a chain cutting ceremony by local officials and special grand opening discount prices on many items.
The new store is owned by AG Supply Company in Wenatchee. It also operates Ace Hardware locations in East Wenatchee, Quincy, Ephrata and Brewster, Washington.
The company is known for a high level of customer service at its stores (a strong focus on customer service is built into the company's mission statement).
AG Supply moved in to the location on December 12, 2011 and operated out of a small portable building while spending two and half months renovating the space to get it ready for the tens of thousand of products the new store carries.
There has never been a time in recent memory that a full size - close to 6,000 square foot name brand hardware store carrying around 25,000 products - operated in Sultan.
This is a new retail experience for the area. The town’s one hardware store, a much smaller building on Main Street with a limited selection of products, closed about four or five years ago.
With the feed and seed portion of the business in the bottom of the building, the store stands at over 8,400 square feet of product space (the new store continues to carry the feed and seed line in the bottom half of the building).
It means that from now on upper valley residents do not have to drive into Monroe for hardware supplies or feed & seed supplies -- and with gas at four bucks and gallon and more, that means something these days.
On Friday, the first day of the Grand Opening weekend the Sky Valley Chronicle will have a front-page feature story on the new store.
By the way, Friday morning from 8 am to 10 am at the new store you can enjoy free coffee and donuts as well as spin-the-wheel to win prizes.
From 9am to 4pm that day manufacturer’s reps will be on hand to explain products and give tips, from 11 am to 1 pm there’s country music with Earl Troy Blaze and from 2 pm to 5 pm you can spin that wheel again to win prizes.