Norwalk to get hardware store

Aaron Krause • Jan 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Norwalk, specifically the Mid-Town Shopping Center, is the place where Ace Hardware will open a store this spring, shopping center president Greg Bleile said Monday.

The company will open the shop in the storefront formerly occupied by P&R Hardware, which closed late last year.

Ace Hardware officials did not return a message seeking comment Monday. Bleile estimated the new business will add eight to 12 jobs, about four of them full-time.

"I'd say it's a done deal," Bleile said about Ace coming to Norwalk. "We definitely would like to have a hardware store back in the center."

Norwalk Economic Development Corp. director Ellen Heinz said she's excited that a new hardware store will open in the center.

"I'm happy to see anybody re-invest and open up a business in Norwalk," Heinz said.

Kristie Wert, program manager for Main Street Norwalk, said the shopping center isn't located on Main Street. However, it's part of the uptown historic district.

"We're really excited to see something in there to fill that space," Wert said. "It's nice to see that people see that we're growing and we're a vibrant community."

An assistant manager for Family Dollar, which has a store next to the vacated P&R storefront, said she thinks the addition of Ace will bring more business to Family Dollar and other businesses. The woman asked not be identified beyond her title.

"With P&R being gone, there was no hardware store," said Curt Braden, general manager at Marco's Pizza, which is also located in the shopping center. He added that might have affected his business, because if people go to a hardware store in Sandusky, they also might eat there.

Braden said he's happy that Ace Hardware is coming to Norwalk.

"That's just going to help us," he said.

Ace had a presence in Norwalk from in the early 2000s, Bleile said. Before 2000, P&R Hardware was supplied by Service Start. He estimated that about 2000, Ace Hardware started supplying P&R up until about 2008.

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