WAYNE – A new business to a northeast Nebraska community opened their doors earlier this week filling the empty space that was left when Shopko corporate filed for bankruptcy.
Brandon Hall is the store manager with Wayne Ace Hardware & Home. He said their opening day was Wednesday, April 15.
“We were able to get the doors open about 10:30 a.m.,” said Hall. “Once the doors were open, we had a steady flow of customers all day. I mean the response we had from everyone went really well. They were impressed with the store, the layout of the store, the products we offer and everything else.”
The Wayne Ace will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday’s from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday’s 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hall brings in both retail and sales experience from his previous work and submitted his name for the store manager position after hearing about the opening.
“Prior to this I was sales manager at a vinyl fence and railing company, Husker Vinyl in Humphrey for the past 11 years,” Hall added. “Then prior to that I was contractor sales manager and billing material manager at Menards in Norfolk for six years.”
The store is currently employing seven other full-time employees along with Hall and they’re starting out with 11 other part-time workers but could add more positions as business dictates.
Visit acehardware.com, like Wayne Ace Hardware & Home on Facebook or call 402-833-1331 for more information. The warehouse is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin and the Wayne Ace gets trucks every Thursday.
The store is also doing their part during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So, we’re taking precautions here at the store giving employees the opportunity to wear their mask and gloves,” Hall mentioned. “Disinfecting counters, carts and baskets and all those items on a regular basis.”
Plan on listening to the complete interview with Hall on “The View from Wayne America” Friday as he talks about what is in the store and more information the public needs to know. The “View” will be aired on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 just after 9 a.m. and just after 6 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590.