The news comes just two weeks after the company released joined Ace Hardware Corporation, as the largest independent member of the Ace cooperative. ACO, Inc. will operate the new Ace Hardware stores under the name Great Lakes Ace Hardware.
As president, VandenBerg will oversee the day to day operations of the business and the conversion of current ACO Hardware stores to Great Lakes Ace Hardware stores over the next six months.
An employee of ACO, Inc. for the past 16 years, VandenBerg will provide staff with the direction and stability to help achieve the company’s goal of providing a full line hardware store with knowledgeable associates and helpful customer service.
Currently 26 ACO stores are undergoing a “total inventory blow-out sale” of most merchandise in preparation for the store remodels after which they will re-open as Great Lakes Ace Hardware stores. The remaining stores will begin the conversion process in early spring.
About ACO Home, Garden & Hardware
Founded in 1946, ACO Home, Garden & Hardware has more than 50 stores throughout the state of Michigan. While hardware continues to be its core business, the company’s name and product offerings have evolved to include home decorating items and seasonal-based products. For more information, visit http://acohardware.com.