As of this week, a longtime hardware store in Mount Union will operate under a different name.

Mount Union True Value, which has been adjacent to Appleby’s Drug Store for about 17 years will become an Ace Hardware location as of Friday, April 16.

Bob Anderson, store manager, discussed why they decided to make the change from the True Value brand.

“About a year ago, True Value changed from a co-op, like we had been for years, and sold 70 percent of the company,” he said. “We talked it over with the owners, and we all came to the same conclusion. We thought that Ace would be the best company to go with as we move forward. There was a lot of indecision (with True Value selling 70 percent of its shares) with the outfit that bought them, thinking they could turn around it sell it. We thought we may as well make the jump now and put everything in position for years to come.”

Ace Hardware is a co-op, added Anderson, and he believes by going with Ace, he’ll be able to serve the Mount Union residents and beyond who have been coming to the store for years.

“Ace is a little more recognized, and I think they do advertising and marketing with getting our names out there a little better,” he said. “I also think we’ll be able better serve people, as we’ll be getting two shipments (of items) per week. That helps a lot if someone is looking for something, even if it’s a bigger item we don’t have in the store, we can have it in the store in a couple of days as opposed to waiting a week or longer.”

With the change, Anderson said they will be able to offer an even wider array of merchandise than they already do.

“We will have a lot more brand-name merchandise, like Weber and Traeger grills,” he said. “We’ll also have Yeti coolers and tumblers, and we’ll have a lot more grill accessories and wood pellets for grills.”

This Ace location will also have Craftsman tools, lawn mowers, compressors, battery chargers and other items within the Craftsman line.

“We’ll also be able to be a Stihl deal with chainsaws, weed eaters and leaf blowers, and by June, we’ll have a small engine shop open,” said Anderson.

Anderson said they’ve been open while making the transition, and they will be holding grand opening events Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28.

“We’ve been very busy and looking forward to the grand opening so we can have everything in the store,” he said. “We have most of the product here now, but our new store signs will be here this week and installed (before the grand reopening). We have a lot going on. It’s a big, big change.”

During the grand reopening, there will be chances to win store items as prizes, as they will be raffling off a Yeti cooler, a Craftsman tool box, a Weber gas grill and a Milwaukee tool set. They will also have a Stihl demonstration, a Traeger grill demonstration and a Milwaukee Tool representative during the three-day event.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.

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