Ricks Ace Hardware was founded in 1960 when Richard F. Baalmann Sr. who owned a 3500 sq. ft. store called Mars-Enders Hardware (founded in 1942 and purchased by Dick in 1956) joined Ace Hardware as their 362nd store. We opened our second store in Centralia IL in 1986. We then opened store 3 in Alton IL. in 1997 which we moved to Town & Country MO in 2000. We opened our fourth Hardware location in Highland IL in 2003 and our fifth store in Ellisville Mo in 2014. Our Ace Hardware Stores are deep and broad in inventory and focus on the core Hardware, Paint, Plumbing, Electrical and Tools,. we also have large Lawn and Garden, Pet , Bird and Grill Departments. We have the buying power of over 4,500 stores and 14 billion dollars of retail sales, which allows us to stay competitive in our markets. We hire the best people in the industry with great attitudes who have a Neighbor First attitude and work to treat each Guest and teammates as if they were our best friends.
Ace Hardware Corporation has named four-store chain Rick's Ace Hardware, serving the St. Louis area for 55 years, a "Vision 21 Platinum" retailer for its exemplary service and retail operations.