Globally Trusted, Locally Embraced

As the largest home improvement franchise company in the world, with over 5,500 stores and sales totaling over $6 billion, Ace Hardware provides its international retail partners with the requisites to build a solid enterprise. Ace Hardware stores operate in approximately 70 countries and the numbers continue to grow.


About Ace Hardware

In business since 1924, Ace Hardware is the largest home improvement franchise company in the world, with over 5,500 stores operating in approximately 70 countries. Ace provides its international retail partners with the requisites to build a solid enterprise - the foundation and market exclusivity of a globally recognized brand, a business model that offers operational flexibility and market localization, a worldwide distribution network that delivers access to thousands of products and a team to provide support from its bank of world class practices.

The Ace brand ranks among the top 100 most recognized brands in the world and is known as the place with the helpful hardware people. With the continued vision to be the best, most helpful hardware stores on the planet, Ace Hardware and its retail associates remain dedicated to the core values of service, convenience and quality for its customers.

Here’s why investors around the world choose Ace International:

  • Globally trusted and established brand
  • Worldwide support, training and leadership
  • Comprehensive training program
  • International distribution capabilities
  • Region-specific product assortments



Ace Starts Small, Then Goes Big and International

Founded in Chicago in 1924 by five independent hardware store owners over ninety years ago, Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke, Oscar Fischer and William Stauber made the bold decision to unite their hardware businesses to increase their collective buying power in the industry. From its humble beginning, Ace Hardware has now grown into the industry’s largest hardware cooperative on the planet.

Ace Goes Global

Ace International, a separate division within Ace Hardware Corporation, was formed in 1990. While Ace Hardware already had a stake in international markets beginning in 1968, the creation of this division was implemented to further enable Ace’s growth and to support the growing number of international retailers.

The following is a timeline of key AIH events after 1990 when becoming a separate division:

1990: Ace creates a separate division, known as Ace International, to manage the growing demand for its brand and products outside the USA. The added focus and infrastructure drives international development of the Ace brand for the next 20 years with Ace establishing a presence in Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Middle East regions.

1996: Ace expands into Asia with the signing of agreements in the Philippines and Indonesia.

2006: Ace becomes the first company in the home improvement industry to open a global distribution warehouse in Shanghai, China.

2011: Ace re-launches the international business with renewed emphasis on global sourcing and regional distribution and opens regional distribution centers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Panama City, Panama to service its growing retailer network.

2012 to Present: Ace International signs new License Agreements in the following markets: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Colombia, Paraguay, and Puerto Rico.

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