[Tagging] Ace Hardware

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Fri Aug 30 06:00:10 UTC 2013

According to the ACE website, they are actually an coop.

*The Ace Difference*
The Ace ownership opportunity is unlike any other franchise opportunity.
Ace Hardware is a retailer-owned cooperative, meaning Ace retailers are the
owners of the corporation. In addition to being part owner of a world-class
corporation, you pay no royalty fees and a portion of the profits get
distributed back to the retail owners each year. By joining the #1
distributor in the convenience hardware (Home Channel News, August 2010)
you reap the benefits of collective buying power and having a global brand
along with independent ownership. You will also have the flexibility to
customize your offerings based on your customers’ needs.

But also a franchise.

I'd suggest franchise=Ace Hardware Corporation. The same with many fast
food restaurants. It might be a McD franchise, but the operator is Bad, But
Taste Foods. (OK, I made that last one up.) But often a group of stores is
operated by one company.

On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM, Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com> wrote:

> Technically ACE (like their better known compatriots in Oak Brook, Il) is
> a franchise:
> http://www.franchisedirect.com/retailfranchises/ace-hardware-corporation-06448/ufoc/
> It is just a really loose one, with no fixed territories of exclusive
> stocking agreement.
> The tag "ACE" is valuable, even if, like McD, the actual store is likely
> to be independent.
> Chances are you'll find the same brand of filter, screw and hing.
> Effectively it's more like supplier=ACE than franchise=ACE or brand=ACE
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