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Co-op buys Westlake Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware Corp. acquired Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware for $88 million.

Westlake was named the HCN 2011 Retailer of the Year, and was featured in the May 2011 issue of Home Channel News. Since 2006, the company was owned by a private equity firm -- Goldner Hawn Johnson and Morrison. 

According to Ace Hardware, the agreement became official for business beginning Dec. 17. Under the deal, Ace becomes the sole owner of the 85-store chain located in 33 Midwest and Sunbelt markets.

Westlake Ace Hardware was founded in 1905 and became part of the Ace co-op in 1959.  

Hopefully in the short term,

Hopefully in the short term, Westlake will be operated as an independent profit center with absolutely no meddling from corporate "experts" who have heretofore exhibited a distinct reverse Midas Touch when it comes to retail operations & making a profit.

Again, hopefully individual Westlake stores will be sold at a profit to successful existing Ace Dealers.