Need Tools? ACO Hardware 'Blowout' Sale Signals Move to Ace

The Farmington Hills-based chain's stores will soon become Great Lakes Ace stores.

ACO Hardware will hold blowout sales at more than two dozen locations Wednesday to prepare for a move to Ace Hardware. Photo credit: Patch file photo
ACO Hardware will hold blowout sales at more than two dozen locations Wednesday to prepare for a move to Ace Hardware. Photo credit: Patch file photo

A "Total Inventory Blowout Sale" starting Jan. 8 at ACO Hardware stores, including one in Farmington Hills, signals the retail chain's decision to join Ace Hardware, the nation’s largest hardware cooperative.  

Headquartered in Farmington Hills, ACO currently has 52 stores, all of which are located in Michigan. The company was founded in 1946 as Traskos Brothers Hardware Depot in Dearborn and currently employs about 850 associates, according to a press release issued Tuesday. 

The transition to Ace will take place over a 6-month period, at which point all stores will have reopened as Ace Hardware branded stores. According to the release, ACO was drawn to Ace Hardware for many reasons, "most notably for its world-class distribution network, wholesale buying power and award-winning brand."

“Last year, we committed to our customers that we would invest and grow our business,” said Mark VandenBerg, ACO Hardware's CFO. “After months of research and due diligence, we are confident we have selected the best organization with which to align and grow. Ace Hardware offers our stores a world class brand, top notch merchandise opportunities and a supply chain network second to none.”

VandenBerg also stated that ACO will operate the new Ace Hardware stores under the name Great Lakes Ace, as part of its continuing commitment to Michigan consumers.

In addition to the Farmington Hills store, located on Orchard Lake Road just north of 13 Mile, the following stores will also offer inventory sell-out deals:

  • Auburn Hills
  • Brighton
  • Center Line
  • Clarkston
  • Clawson
  • Clinton Township
  • Highland
  • Lake Orion
  • Macomb
  • Milford
  • Port Huron
  • Rochester Hills
  • Roseville
  • Royal Oak
  • St. Clair Shores (2)
  • Shelby Township
  • Southfield
  • Sterling Heights
  • Union Lake
  • Warren (3)
  • Waterford (2)

The remaining ACO locations will be part of a second transition cycle, with dates of the sale and conversion of the stores to the Ace Hardware brand yet to be announced.

Sherry Lane January 08, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Not sure I'm liking this.. I love my neighborhood ACO !!!
K. Scott January 08, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Um, Not to sure about this myself. Ace always strikes me as over priced for the same thing I can get at ACO. Thank God we still have Frentz & Sons. Durst is good, but they are an Ace store too and that part of the business has gone down hill but the wood yard and workers are super.
CDE January 09, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Have not shopped at ACO for years--seems to sell all junkie products. If you live in Royal Oak and need something quick or want assistance, Frentz & Sons is the only way to go.
Philip January 09, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Why all the love for Frentz? They always struck me as old and stogy; never a great pleasure to shop there.
K. Scott January 09, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Philip, you must not own a home in this area or if you do it's new. Frentz is one of the last places to get material to repair older homes in the area and they are VERY knowledgeable.
Ed Callahan January 12, 2014 at 02:12 PM
I would compare ACO to a party store that happens to sell packages of screws. If you I ever need anything serious, I usually go to Frentz & Sons or HD.


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