Before and after: Delbert Brown’s Ace

Like many hardware stores that come to embrace change, Delbert Brown’s Ace Hardware in Stanton, Ky., needed room to grow. Its 8,000-sq.-ft. layout simply wasn’t cutting it, especially when it had an extra 2,100 sq. ft. of adjoining property essentially serving as wasted storage space.

“It was no use at all,” said owner Delbert Brown.

Before: Given that he already owned the space, the decision to expand was a virtual no-brainer.