In August of 1979, Lee Krendl opened Van Wert Ace Hardware in downtown Van Wert, Ohio. From 1979 to 1987, minor changes were made at the downtown location on South Washington Street, including adding small engine repair and light homeowner's rental.In 1987, the business moved to West Ervin Road, and we changed our name to Lee's Ace Hardware. While at this location, we expanded our rental department to serve both the homeowner and contractor/industrial market, opened our seasonal Garden Center, and expanded our paint department to include computer color matching.In October 1995, Lee's Ace Hardware moved to its current location at 647 West Ervin Road. That year, Lee's Ace Hardware was winner of Ace Hardware's Dealer of the Year Award.We've changed a lot over the past thirty years, and we're continuing to grow, adding new product lines and services for our customers. However, some things, like our commitment to exemplary customer service, will never change.
Lee's Ace Hardware was voted the Van Wert County Chamber of Commerce 2009 Small Business of the Year!! Thank you Van Wert.