Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Ace Hardware returns to Suisun City

Ace

Ace Hardware will return to the Heritage Shopping Center in Suisun City in early May. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)

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From page A10 | March 31, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City will soon get its hardware store back.

Keith Harshbarger, the owner of Harshbarger Ace Hardware in Gridley, has told Suisun City planners that he expects to reopen the Ace Hardware Store in the Heritage Shopping Center in early May.

Harshbarger stepped into the Ace Hardware franchise in Suisun City a year after the town’s previous Ace Hardware Store closed its doors, forcing Suisun City residents to travel to Fairfield hardware stores to get their home improvement needs met.

“It will hopefully be by May 1 in time to be a part of the Ace paint promotion,” said Suisun City spokesman Scott Corey.

Harshbarger filed for a business license early this year to reopen the hardware store in the same location after being approached by the chain’s retail business manager about the Suisun City site.

“We are changing things around a bit,” Harshbarger said. “We will be moving some merchandise around in the store to make it flow better and will be adding quite a bit of new items.”

That will include expanding the store’s paint line as well as adding a window and rescreening program.

“This is a different market than we are used to, but there is plenty of potential here,” Harshbarger said. “I like the location and everybody that we have met has been very supportive. We have met a lot of good people here.”

This is Harshbarger’s second store. He has run Harshbarger Ace Hardware in Gridley for 20 years and worked in the hardware business for 16 years before that.

“It is fantastic to have such a key business reopen in town,” Corey said. “There are few places to buy home improvement materials and hardware, and it is great to have Ace right down the street.”

Harshbarger is starting to hire full-time and part-time staff, including cashiers and sales staff. Applications can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the store at 250 Sunset Ave., Suite I. For more information, send an email to kharshb@yahoo.com.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • Mr. SmithMarch 31, 2014 - 7:19 am

    Good news!

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  • JazzAzzMarch 31, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Well I wish this new rendition of Ace well. We certainly need them back. I absolutely hate having to travel over to either Home Depot or Lowe's, for something I need for a quick, maybe late day repair of something, usually something like an unexpected plumbing repair that should go easily, but hours later>>>GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. But there was one inaccuracy to the story, this will be the THIRD Ace at this spot. There was one before the last one, that did not last long. And long ago before that we had a, "True Value," over at the Marina Shopping center, that also unfortunately did not make it. But not to sound negative, even though I hope this one works out being there a very long time, as long as that center is run by the present property management team, I see clouds already on their horizon, due to greed, monthly rents that are too high. Look at the vacancies in that center, must be more than half. My dentist used to have her practice there, until her rent was going to be raised AGAIN. She ended up buying her own office suite up in Vacaville, where I still travel to, and her mortgage payment is less than the rent she was paying before it was going to be raised. Mind you, the rents were still being raised during the worst of this last great recession. So to the new owners of Ace, I hope that you worked out a fair long enough lease term, keeping those greedy property managers on a leash, because they are probably already planning their next big rent increase. Don't believe me, just drive over there and count all the empty locations. But I wish you success. We really need you, especially since WalMart's Hardware aisle, which we may or may not ever see nearby, is pathetic, IMO.

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  • Suisun1March 31, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Great news! ACE Hardware is much better community business with more money staying in the community. Big Boxes of Home Depot and Wal-mart KILL small businesses and better paying jobs. The Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart, controls a fortune equal to the wealth of the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined. Is that the Solano County we want?

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  • JazzAzzMarch 31, 2014 - 8:14 am

    I am a WalMart shopper and still want that store nearby, but AFAIK, that train has already left the station. With the Fairfield store so nearby, I personally do not see it happening. IMO, we are all being lied to. I'd rather he another grocery store option, rather than the rip off prices of Raley's, like a Winco, a Food Max, or even another Grocery Outlet. But if we actually see that WalMart built, at least they have good grocery store prices. Also I hope that it gets built with an Auto Center as the old one had. I will not drive up to Vacaville just to buy tires and such, no matter how good their prices are!!! Also I am aware of all the controvery with WalMart wages, working conditions and such. But go check out Target. They don't pay anymore, less, I believe actually, even though some prefer the Target shopping experience compared to WalMart's long lines, poor attitudes, etc. etc.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 31, 2014 - 7:43 am

    This is really good news for Suisun and that center. Maybe they'll encourage others to come in as well? Best of luck to them!

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  • R. LeeMarch 31, 2014 - 8:51 am

    I hioe the new staff will be as friendly/and or the same as the last one!

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  • S KMarch 31, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    If I were the new owner, I'd try to locate the old staff, the cashier, manager, and staff were all so very helpful, one thing that kept me coming there, even though much higher prices for many things over Home Depot, etc. the customer service was outstanding.

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  • DLMarch 31, 2014 - 9:12 am

    I wish them well but from my experience they never had the right people to help you with some of the things you needed. I went to Ace's 4 times in an hr because the manager of the store was to busy talking to the front register. He paged for some 16 year old that pretty much guessed on what I needed. Then they give me a hard time returning.

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  • Kene WinstonMarch 31, 2014 - 10:24 am

    this is great news, that shopping center is a dump, having ACE there makes it a bit more attractive.. And-Raleys??

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  • A. SardwhearMarch 31, 2014 - 11:26 am

    This is good news. As much as I fussed about little things concerning Ace, it is nice to have them in Suisun. It sucks having to drive to HD or Lowes when I need something.

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  • WeaverwomanMarch 31, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    ahhhhhh, I loved Ace in Suisun. The reason? They sold alot of tools separately. Instead of having to purchase a kit of allen wrenches, I could just buy that one little 5 mm by itself. They had one 'ol feller that knew where everything was. It is hard to find a shop like that anymore. Doubt they will have all that again, but it brings back pleasent memories. :)

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  • SKJune 19, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Yeah, but try to find their phone 3. I can not find it to save my life and the old one is not it either. And I am not paying ATT $1.50 for a 411 call, no way Jose. Been looking online to no avail. One number I found beginning with 419-xxxx, just gives you a Fast busy. I could drive over I guess, but don't plan to till Saturday morning when I plan to buy the item I need / want>>>GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. What a way to run a business :-)

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  • Christine in FFJune 19, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    (707) 419-4183

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  • SKJune 19, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    Very strange indeed. Trying to call using my ATT landline, I get a DISCONNECT recording. So thinking maybe they are using an out of the area cell phone, I called using SKYPE from this PC, since I fired GREEDY ATT's Long Distance service. Got through fine using SKYPE, but when asked the guy told me it is a landline, but from Comcast, and there probably lies the problem, ATT messing with Comcast>>LOL. Anyway, I let him know and hopefully he'll be able to take care of it.

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  • S KJune 24, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Found out in fact that this Ace is using a local number 419-4183, but for some reason those of us with A.T,&T. local numbers, mine 422-xxxx can not reach it getting that DISCONNECT RECORDING, and I am guessing that this will occur with other local 42x-xxxx numbers also. Ace is using a number through Comcast, and the local Comcast tech is aware of the problem and is working on it, but DumbArse A.T.T. telling them it will be resolved in 24 hrs, one cashier told me 24>48 hrs. it still (Just tried it) has not been fixed. This was reported to ATT from Comcast back on Friday. If I were still a tech, I would have already escalated this to no less than 3rd Level ATT management, an absolutely unsatisfactory situation. Now if I were the owner of this Ace, having been opened for, I believe around 3 wks now, I would be filing a claim & suing ATT for any lost business, possibly HUNDREDS of $$$s by now, of those having called and not being able to get through, then going somewhere else. This number is good folks. You can reach it using a cell phone, Skype, any other way, but the number (s) I mentioned, so get over to Ace and support our local hardware store. This is merely a translation (Software) routing issue. Could be cleared up in less than 5 minutes, but since ATT hardly has any techs anymore, at least locally, I imagine that most things are being handled by the M_RONS in Texas. S.B.C. ruined this great once company!!!!!

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  • JazzAzzJuly 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Be aware folks, a big weekend opening celebration at Ace, beginning tomorrow, Fri the 11th. But guess what, those with ATT numbers with 421, 422, and probably other 42x- numbers still get a disconnect number recording, although their 419 4183 number is a good number through Comcast for Ace. It has been weeks since Comcast reported the problem to ATT. So I spoke to the Comcast tech this morning and he is stumped, and I spoke to, I think, the Manager at Ace, who said that they will be suing ATT. Since opening, they have possibly lost thousands of business at the very least several hundreds, for people that can not call, assuming they are not open yet and go elsewhere. What a HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, Company, a customer NO SERVICE company. Not the same ATT that we all grew up with. Anyway let all your friends, relatives know about this weekends celebration along with good deals, and free eats :-). They just need to call some other way if they have one of these ATT 707-42x numbers, use a cell phone, Skype, Google voice, whatever.

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