Rommel's Ace is part of Rommel Chesapeake, a mid-sized holding company in Fruitland, MD. RC has owned a variety of businesses dating back to the 1950's. Operation began with a single unit in Ocean City, MD in 1995. An acquisition expanded the number of locations in the late 1990's. A new store soon followed in Cambridge, MD. In late 2004, RC opened the Dover Ace Hardware store. In 2005, it opened an Ace store in Exmore, VA. In the fall of 2006, the Perry Hall, MD Ace store opened north of Baltimore. In early 2009, Rommel's Ace opened its second Virginia location when it transformed Parks Hardware in Chincoteague, VA, into Rommel's Ace Hardware. In the summer of 2015, Rommel Chesapeake purchased Rommel Hearth and Outdoor in Salisbury, MD., the area's leader in pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, and paddlesports products. Today, the company consists of 11 Ace Hardware stores, Rommel Hearth and Outdoor, and several commercial properties. RC currently employs 240 people.
In the month of May, 2012, Rommels Ace customers donated over three thousand dollars to Women Supporting Women, a local breast cancer support group.
This Spring Rommels Ace donated over one million dollars in inventory to Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores in the Maryland, Delaware, and Eastern Shore of Virginia region.
Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada.