Goodbye True Value, welcome Ace Hardware

Champlin hardware store under new ownership

By Megan Hopps

SUN PRESS Newspapers

 

Lane’s True Value, off Hwy 169 and Champlin Drive in Champlin, is under new ownership.

Shawn Grady recently bought Tom Lane’s store and has converted it to an Ace Hardware store. Grady, the store’s owner and president, also owns an Ace Hardware in Monticello.

“We opened a second store in Ramsey and it didn’t do as well as we’d hoped,” Grady said. “We were looking for existing stores to purchase and had a good customer base nearby.”

So Grady decided Champlin’s True Value location was the perfect fit to open a new store.

“Tom has done a great job with the store,” Grady said. “We hope to add the right product mix to the inventory already sold here.”

Grady plans to increase the stores inventory by 60 percent. He plans to sell additional lighting and home fixtures and bring in new brands like Valspar paint. Grady said his goal is to add to the existing inventory that Lane’s offered his customers.

“In the long run, we’re planning on to grow the number of store locations,” Grady said. “Right now we’re focusing on providing the best customer experience.”

Though according to customer reviews, Grady has a lot to live up to. One of the things those who have written reviews on the hardware store say the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

One wrote, “When you step in, they ask you if they can help you find something. Tell them your project or tool need and they will actually walk you to the aisle, give you recommendations and send you on your way with more knowledge to get the job done right.”

Another wrote, “They seem to have everything I’ve ever needed and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.”

Grady said right now his goal is to provide the customer with the information they need to get their home projects done right and provide the right product mix.

“We’re increasing our inventory level by 60 percent,” he said.

Grady adds that opening the second store is putting Ace in a good position to grow the smaller hardware stores provide the community with new and helpful products and tools.

“We’re absolutely looking forward to stores number three and four,” Grady said. “But right now, we’re looking to find diamonds in the rough and help them shine within the community. I’m excited about this transition.”

 

Contact Megan Hopps at megan.hopps@ecm-inc.com

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