Overview

Great Lakes Ace is a chain of 48 neighborhood hardware stores operating exclusively in Michigan. We are the largest independently owned Ace Hardware store chain in the country with 70+ years of hardware experience. Our relationship with Ace Hardware provides national chain buying power, access to hundreds of thousands of products, and premium merchandise brands like Craftsman, Scotts, Valspar, Toro, Weber, Stihl, Yeti and others. At the same time, we are able to provide our customers with a localized product mix and a friendly neighborhood hardware store experience.

Mission

Great Lakes Ace’s mission is to be your first choice for expert help in the myriad of home maintenance and repair projects every homeowner faces. Our associates are required to complete ongoing training and professional development activities to be sure they have the most current and relevant advice readily available when you need it. Whether it is to advise fertilizing your lawn on the four key holidays from Easter to Labor Day, explaining how to create a connected home, or fixing a leaky pipe we have the expertise to help. Our associates will make sure you leave our stores with all the tools needed to complete your project right the first time.

Community

We are most proud of our team’s commitment to giving back to the neighborhoods we serve through a series of locally identified community events. Great Lakes Ace associates work with local schools and non-profit groups, raising funds and holding events and demonstrations that are meaningful and helpful to our neighbors.

History

Our history in hardware is a classic American tale of hard work and reinvention. We were originally founded in 1946 as The Hardware Depot by the Traskos brothers of Dearborn, MI. The company had grown to 4 locations by 1959 when we joined the Ace Hardware cooperative and changed our name to ACE Budget Center. In 1981, we had grown to 36 stores and left the Ace organization to operate independently under the name of ACO Hardware. In 2014, the Board of Directors concluded that it was time for yet another reinvention of the company to insure long term success and sustained relevance to our customers. We rejoined the Ace Hardware co-op under the banner of Great Lakes Ace Hardware.

Values

Our company operates under the guiding principles of honesty, integrity, respect for everyone and service to others. These principals are evident in our interactions with customers, our relationships with fellow associates and vendors, and our support of the communities we serve.

We look forward to welcoming you into our stores where we can show you first-hand why we are recognized for amazing helpful service and community spirit.