Amy Cunningham
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This spring Gardner residents will have a new place to purchase their hardware needs – in exactly the same place they did before.
According to Rex Cummings, former owner and new store manager, the Gardner Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware store will re-open soon. Management is hoping by mid-May. Staff photo by Amy Cunningham

will reopen with a fresh look and product mix in mid-May.  The space is currently undergoing a facelift.
“So many things have to come together and we’re trying to get it done as quickly as we can,”
Cummings explained. “And we’re excited about it, too.  It’s going to be an all new store with all new products and we’re going to carry some additional items that we weren’t able to carry before. This will be the store that Gardner deserves.”
The revamped store will continue to stock much of the same selection they had in the past.  They plan to continue to offer pet foods and feed lines, just like before.  They also hope to focus on items that will be of interest to contractors.
“We’ll have a strong core stock, just like before, but with the intermodal coming and, hopefully the housing market picks up, we’ll also emphasize the contractor trade,” Cummings said.
He noted that Ace signed an agreement with Sears to offer Craftsman Tools. Cameron Cummings, who will be working along side his father to oversee the store, said they plan to offer over 600 different pieces of the Craftsman line.
Patrons will recognize many of the familiar faces from Ace manning the aisles.  The duo plans to hire the store’s previous employees – a resource Cummings believes many customers came to rely on.
“We felt we had a good, knowledgeable and experienced crew,” Cummings said.
The pair is excited to get the store up and running and happy to be able to offer a broader selection to keep shoppers in Gardner.
“Gardner gave us a chance, they shopped here when they could, they (the residents) are good to support local merchants,” Cummings said.  “I think people will be real pleased and our inventory levels will be more than what we were able to offer in the past.”