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 [email protected]
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