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March 8, 2013

The 86-store Midwest hardware store chain, recently purchased by Ace Hardware, spent the past year planning the new layout.

Among the new design elements of Westlake Ace Hardware’s Bolivar, Mo., location are an open-air entranceway, unique signing and decor, and browse-friendly lifestyle categories situated in the center of the store.

June 7, 2011

Las Vegas — The retail panel discussion started with customer service and advanced to strategic planning. From there, it detoured at automatic doors — apparently still a novelty in rural Texas — and finished with a somewhat optimistic economic forecast. 


June 7, 2011

Westlake Ace Hardware CEO George Smith describes his company's service model.

May 13, 2011

Westlake Ace Hardware and Price Hardware True Value were recognized for excellence during the 2011 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony held at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

George Smith, CEO of Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware accepted the Retailer of the Year award. John Price accepted the Tools of the Trade award for Price Hardware True Value of Atlanta, Texas.

May 2, 2011

Here’s how Westlake Ace Hardware CEO George Smith describes the Lenexa, Kan.-based chain’s Project North Star: “It’s our vision for the future of Westlake and the foundation for all the decisions we make.” 


May 1, 2011

The 2011 Golden Hammer Awards breakfast event in Las Vegas will include a panel discussion of industry leaders.

June 10, 2007

The 23rd Annual Golden Hammer Awards proved this year that home channel retailers can innovate,...