[Tagging] Ace Hardware

Andrew Errington erringtona at gmail.com
Fri Aug 30 03:10:17 UTC 2013

Either they are associated with Ace Hardware, or they are not.  If they
are, then it's probably easiest to use brand=*.  I doubt very much that
they are a co-op.

My suggestion:
brand=Ace Hardware
name=(the store name)
operator=(the name of the owner)

Best wishes,


On 30 August 2013 11:55, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com> wrote:

> In the United States and Canada, we have a very large organization of
> hardware stores called Ace Hardware:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_Hardware
> Each Ace Hardware is independently owned and operated, and each of
> them uses their own name.
> But they all belong to a single organization called Ace Hardware,
> which provides them benefits in ordering, etc.
> Since each store is independently owned and operated, the "operator"
> tag does not fit, since the stores are not controlled by a central
> organization, such as would be the case with a franchise.
> And since each store is branded uniquely, and don't always use the
> name Ace Hardware in their name[1] or other material, I don't think
> "brand" fits either.
> But we may want to indicate that the relationship between store and
> co-op exists, so in this case, since they belong to a co-op, I've used
> co-op=Ace Hardware.
> If someone has an alternative suggestion for this type of arrangement,
> I'm interested in hearing it.
> - Serge
> [1] Sometimes they do, such as in the case of "Springfield Ace
> Hardware" (a real place), but two Ace Hardware stores near me are
> called "Aquarius Hardware" and "AJO Home and Lumber", neither of which
> indicates any affiliation.
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