The Ace Hardware in Blaine has reopened under new ownership as part of the Whatcom Farmer’s Co-op. Photo by Kelly Sullivan.
Warm sunshine welcomed customers to Ace Hardware’s re-opening on Monday as billowy breezes teased the festive balloons tied to the garden area outside the store.
Employee Shelli Berard said the store had a steady stream of customers all day, and customer feedback was positive, as people were pleased to see the store open again.
The 12,600 square foot store, which was completely empty a month ago, is now stocked with hardware, do-it-yourself home improvement items, garden, and farm and pet equipment.
Blaine’s Ace Hardware is now part of Whatcom Farmers Co-op (WFC), which has operated in Whatcom County for more than 27 years. As such, Ace will stock everything from chicken feed and pet food, bagged mulch and compost, to pet beds, litter boxes, bird houses and wild bird seed. The store carries Craftsman hand and power tools along with DeWalt, Milwaukee and Ace brands. The extensive paint line includes Ace and Benjamin Moore brands.
Items that are too large to carry in the store, such as fencing, gates and landscaping timber, are available by order.
Berard and her fellow employees carry notebooks in their pockets, ready to jot down comments from their customers. Their goal is to fully understand the needs of the Blaine and Birch Bay communities and stock the products they want.
“We want to achieve the same close relationship that WFC has with its customers,” store manager Ken Rose said. “It’s very much a family,” he said, adding, “the local roots are really, really strong.” A 20-year veteran of the hardware business, Rose said the store’s close ties to the WFC make this particular Ace Hardware unique.
Ace Hardware is located at 1733 H Street in the Blaine International Shopping Center. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit wfcoop.com or call 360/255-7206.