WAYNE – ACE Hardware in Wayne has been open since April 15. Although this is the first Chamber Coffee hosted by ACE Hardware, it won’t be their official grand opening/ribbon-cutting. That will take place September 18 – 20. There will also be vendor demonstrations that week.
Brandon Hall is the Store Manager of Wayne ACE Hardware. He stated that the store opened on schedule. Hall talked about struggles associated with opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The biggest struggle was getting product in. We ran through a lot of suppliers that either were closed down for months with the pandemic,” he said, “or out of stock, out of material because they were closed down, didn’t have the man power to make it.”
That has become less of a problem more recently and the shelves are full, according to Hall.
Hall touched on the flow of customers and the quantity of business during the pandemic.
“It actually started out real well. I think people weren’t traveling out-of-town, so they were shopping local, that helped quite a bit. As the summer’s kind of moved on, it’s slowed up some, but you got to consider sports were going full force and people are vacationing,” Hall noted.
He expects that business will go back to a busier pace, with back-to-school shopping gearing up.
Hall described some sales going on at ACE Hardware. He explained where those deals can be found.
“Back-to-school sale and then every month ACE has their month-long sale, so the first-of-the-month, the flyer comes out. It’s either in the “Shopper” or just at the store level,” he stated.
He mentioned that he’s been to a couple Chamber Coffee’s personally. At the moment, ACE isn’t looking to hire, but that changes constantly, especially with the school year swiftly approaching.
Wayne ACE is located at 615 Dearborn Street in Wayne. Their hours are 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. On Saturdays, they’re open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. On Sundays, ACE is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Check out Wayne ACE Hardware on Facebook, or visit their website at, https://www.acehardware.com/store-details/17553 for more information. Their website allows for online shopping/in-store pickup, too!
Next week, a Facebook Live Chamber Percs will take place on Friday. It will be a one-on-one talk between Wayne Area Economic Development Director Luke Virgil and Dr. Rames from Wayne State at 11 a.m. They will talk about logistics with the college’s move-in and concerns surrounding that.