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Ace Hardware to take over vacant Orchard Supply site

 

A mothballed building once occupied by Orchard Supply Hardware is set to be revived under a new home-improvement chain. On Tuesday, an Ace Hardware affiliate announced it would take over the former Orchard Supply building at 2555 Charleston Road in Mountain View.

The new Ace Hardware is expected to open for business by late next month, and it will employ about 50 workers from the area. The store is expected to feature dedicated departments for gardening, backyards, power tools, paints and kitchen appliances.

"We're looking forward to becoming a supportive, active and helpful part of the Mountain View community," said Chris Gueriero, the newly hired Ace general manager, in a statement. Gueriero previously worked at the Mountain View Orchard Supply.

Fans of Orchard, also known as OSH, were saddened last year when the chain abruptly shut down after nearly 90 years in business. The hardware retailer originated in the South Bay and expanded throughout California, but it had been struggling for years amid tight competition. The company bounced between different owners and was later acquired by Lowe's in 2014. After initial attempts to prop up the chain, Lowe's officials announced last year they were closing all of Orchard Supply's 99 retail locations.

A small number of those shuttered hardware stores are now expected to be revived under new ownership. Earlier this year, a Tennessee-based business group announced it would reopen seven Orchard Supply locations under the new name "Outdoor Supply Hardware."

And at least eight Orchard Supply locations throughout California will be resurrected as Ace Hardware stories. Along with the Mountain View store, an Ace Hardware subsidiary expects to take over Orchard Supply locations in Fresno, West Los Angeles, Chico, Pinole and other cities.

While Orchard Supply may have struggled, Ace Hardware officials expressed confidence that they could make the business work even in the challenging retail climate. There are more than 4,800 Ace Hardware locations, which operate together as a retail cooperative.

"It all comes down to service. Ace stores live and breathe this, and we're focused on customer service and delivering an excellent experience," said Ace Hardware spokesman Tom Mentzer. "People are going to be surprised and delighted by the breadth and depth of the products we offer here"

In Mountain View, the 34,000-square-foot OSH building has remained vacant since November, leading to much speculation over its future. For a period, city and nonprofit officials tried to persuade the building's owners to allow the site to be used as a safe parking lot for people living out of vehicles.

The new Ace Hardware location is expected to open for business on Sept. 25. A grand opening event is scheduled for Oct. 18 through 20, which will include a variety of promotions.

Anyone interested in applying for a job can view open positions at the new Ace store here.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information.

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17 people like this
Posted by Ken Martell
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Re: Ace Hardware to take over vacant Orchard Supply site

Yippee !!! :-)


10 people like this
Posted by PA Resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2019 at 2:38 pm

Great News


8 people like this
Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm

I ditto the two previous posts. Yippee!


12 people like this
Posted by Hugh Jasol
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 6, 2019 at 3:17 pm

This brings to me immense joy.


9 people like this
Posted by Kris A
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2019 at 3:31 pm

Best news EVER! HXYq


4 people like this
Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 6, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Good news on a Tuesday! I hope they keep a garden section complete with bird recordings.


2 people like this
Posted by Handy woman
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Doin’ a happy dance!


6 people like this
Posted by DoctorData
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 6, 2019 at 5:20 pm

DoctorData is a registered user.

YES. I miss having a store covering the gap between the TrueValue size and Home Despot.


3 people like this
Posted by Zap
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2019 at 7:06 pm

I sure hope there are some full time jobs for people. But the higher min wage in MV makes me think this will be 90% part timers. Which is OK for part timers....unless they do the usual retail trick of a different shift every day, different days every week.


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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2019 at 10:32 pm

Good for you, Aces!


6 people like this
Posted by Put your money where your mouth is
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 6, 2019 at 11:10 pm

Put your money where your mouth is is a registered user.

So that means skip Home Depot/Lowes/Amazon and patronize our Mtn View Hardware stores. Everyone was complaining about lack of grocery store downtown, we have Ava's but it has been a struggle. Not enough people patronize our local businesses. Get out your wallet!! Walk the talk!


3 people like this
Posted by Ace is the place
a resident of Bailey Park
on Aug 7, 2019 at 5:41 am

They have helpful hardware folks :)


4 people like this
Posted by Mrs. Zep
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2019 at 7:18 am

The closure of stores sadden many people. It's so good to know ACE is making a come-back! This will bring happiness to many people in the community!


17 people like this
Posted by Big Al
a resident of North Bayshore
on Aug 7, 2019 at 7:19 am

Great news for property owners, just amazed the city or Lenny didn't try to outlaw Ace in favor of low-income or rent control housing and RV parking.


9 people like this
Posted by Lenny Siegel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 7, 2019 at 8:36 am

Lenny Siegel is a registered user.

@ Big Al - Ah come on! I spend a good deal of time in hardware stores, and I've rued the loss of Minton's, Barron Park, etc. As Mountain View grows we need to figure out how to hold on to the stores and service businesses that make our community tick.


1 person likes this
Posted by That MV guy
a resident of Jackson Park
on Aug 7, 2019 at 12:21 pm

That MV guy is a registered user.

I would have preferred another hardware store had taken that spot.

We lost Mintons...

We lost Hubbard and Johnson...

We lost Orchard Supply...

At least we still have Ace and I am glad they are expanding, but now they are moving to the far side of MV. We no longer have any hardware stores near downtown.


7 people like this
Posted by jordydog1
a resident of Slater
on Aug 7, 2019 at 2:14 pm

jordydog1 is a registered user.

I can't wait! No more trips to the big box stores. Finally, something good happening in Mountain View.


2 people like this
Posted by pogo
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

pogo is a registered user.

Hooray! I have missed having a convenient hardware store.


1 person likes this
Posted by drslb
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Aug 7, 2019 at 9:48 pm

drslb is a registered user.

I feel the same way. Thank you Ace Harware. Hope you thrive.


10 people like this
Posted by SP Phil
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 7, 2019 at 11:21 pm

SP Phil is a registered user.

Hey, @ That MV guy!

We DO have a hardware store near downtown: Blossom True Value on El Camino near Shoreline, just a few blocks from Castro. The owners offer an amazing assortment of products that, with occasional purchases via Amazon, have helped me avoid big-box stores. My local True Value carries 90-95% of what I need for day-to-day projects, and it's just a few blocks away. You can buy 3 screws of size-whatever, where other stores sell them in boxes of 100. And the owners/staff are nice and helpful. Another small local business worthy of our local support.


1 person likes this
Posted by Jennifer02
a resident of North Bayshore
on Aug 8, 2019 at 6:02 am

Jennifer02 is a registered user.

This brings to me immense joy


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