An Ace Hardware store-within-a-store is coming to four of Giant Eagle's Pennsylvania locations.
Stores in Irwin, Leechburg, Pittsburgh and Shaler Township will have an Ace Hardware department, which according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will be devoted to home improvement supplies. Remodeling will take place in the upcoming weeks and the first department will open by the summer.
In 2012, Ace debuted a 5,000-square-foot “Express” format to operate inside or adjacent to existing retail locations, offering up to $150,000 in incentives for participating retailers. The hardware chain has since promoted its express locations as a way for supermarkets to compete with larger chain stores, according to Food Dive. Ace currently operates inside or adjacent to dozens of U.S. stores, most of which are independently owned, Food Dive reports.
“Our experience with store-within-a-store concepts at other retailers and Giant Eagle’s shared commitment to quality, service, and convenience make them a natural fit for Ace Hardware,” an Ace Hardware spokesperson told the Institute.
Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle is a privately-held and family-operated company with 420-some stores across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland under banners Giant Eagle, Market District and Get Go.
“It is imperative that we at Giant Eagle continue to innovate both within and outside of our supermarkets to succeed in our increasingly competitive food retail environment,” said Dick Roberts, spokesman for Giant Eagle, in a statement.
Ace also is reportedly in discussions with Kroger to add Ace-branded store-within-a-stores.