Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry, has announced that Craftsman products are now available at more than 2,000 Ace stores.
More than 2,000 neighborhood Ace stores now offer a full line assortment of more than 650 Craftsman products, including hand tools, portable and bench top power tools, compressors, pneumatic tools, wet/dry vacs, tool storage, lawn and garden, outdoor power equipment items and garage door openers. Since the inception of its agreement with Sears Holdings to sell Craftsman products in 2010, Ace has remained the exclusive retailer of Craftsman products in the convenience hardware industry.
"The sheer number of stores that carry Craftsman products is a real testament to the brand's strength and our retailers' commitment to offering homeowners the best brands paired with the personal, knowledgeable and helpful service that they have come to expect when shopping at their neighborhood Ace Hardware store," said John Surane, senior vice president, Marketing, Merchandising and Sales for Ace Hardware Corp. "As is true of all our retailer programs, our independent retailers are able to select different sets to meet the needs of their communities and markets."
"When we started the Craftsman brand relationship with Ace in 2010, we believed that Ace strongly complemented our existing offerings available in the market place," said Michael Castleman, head of the Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard business unit of Sears Holdings. "Expanding Craftsman to more Ace retail stores confirms that belief, shows the continued strength of the brand, and better serves the passion of the DIY community which is shared by Ace and the Craftsman brand."
In conjunction with Craftsman products now being available at more than 2,000 Ace stores, Ace is launching a national marketing campaign to let consumers know that Ace is the neighborhood destination for Craftsman tools, garage, and lawn and garden items. The campaign will include national TV and radio advertising as part of the recently launched "Meet the Aces" campaign; a Father's Day gift guide featuring Craftsman products; social media; digital advertising; emails to members of the Ace Rewards customer loyalty program and public relations initiatives.
At Ace, Craftsman products are available in-store only. Visit acehardware.com to find a participating neighborhood Ace store.