Westlake Ace opens store No. 86

Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware will open its newest store -- store No. 86 -- in West Plains, Mo., Aug. 16.

The new Westlake Ace Hardware will serve as the anchor for the West Plains Marketplace shopping center. The new location marks the second store incorporating Westlake's new store design and layout that uses construction materials and a design approach intended to provide an organic and modern feel, more natural light from garage-style doors and skylights, a wood and metal facade, and polished concrete floors.

“We are very excited to open this new store in West Plains and bring this community our unique, customer-focused retail experience,” said George Smith, CEO of Westlake Hardware. “We are confident consumers in the West Plains area and throughout southern Missouri will appreciate our diverse selection of high-quality products, and the friendly and knowledgeable service that has been our hallmark for decades.”

The new store is located at 1401 Mitchell Rd. in West Plains, Mo. 

With stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, Westlake Ace Hardware received the 2011 HCN Retailer of the Year Award. The chain was purchased in 2012 by Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware, which expressed plans to operate the chain, its largest co-op member, as a standalone company. 

The store will carry traditional hardware, such as fasteners, tools, paint, plumbing and electrical supplies, and a large range of lawn and garden products. Westlake also offers a variety of wild bird, pet and patio products, and is known for its assortments of BBQ grills, sauces, rubs and accessories in the communities it serves, according to the press release announcing the opening.