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Oak Brook-based Ace Hardware still going strong after 90 years

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June 24 6 a.m.

Oak Brook-based Ace Hardware is still holding its own in today’s market, despite the rise of big box chain stores, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Ace Hardware Corp., a 90-year-old co-op that oversees nearly 5,000 locally owned hardware stores, never would be mistaken for trendy. But its recent growth proves the adage that everything old eventually becomes fashionable again.

“We are a service-based, high-touch, local business,” says John Venhuizen, CEO of the Oak Brook-based chain. “The shop-local trend is one that has served us well.”

[Read the full story at Crain's Chicago Business]

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