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Franchise Summary

Business Opportunity

The franchise offered is for the operation of a retail hardware store under the name “Ace Hardware.”

Corporate Structure

Ace Hardware Corporation is a Delaware coloration that was incorporated on June 16, 1964. In 1972, through a corporate merger they succeeded to the business of an Illinois corporation organized in 1928 that was also known as Ace Hardware Corporation. They became a retailer-owned cooperative in 1976. Their principal business address is 2200 Kensington Court, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-2103. They conduct business under their corporate name, Ace Hardware Corporation, and under the assumed names “Ace Trading Co.”, “AHC Trucking Co.” and “AHC Logistics”.

Investment and Franchisee Fees

The total investment necessary to begin operation of an Ace Hardware store that is between 3,000 and 15,000 square feet ranges from approximately $321,000 to $1,067,230 for a store located on leased premises; from approximately $355,000 to $2,110,230 for a store which is newly constructed; and from $41,000 to $852,230 for an existing hardware store which is converted to an Ace Hardware store. This includes up-to $1,103,000 that must be paid to the franchisor or affiliate.

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How much investment do I need to start my own Ace Hardware business?
Franchisees typically require at least $272,500 to $1,574,230 investment to get their Ace Hardware business started
What are the initial franchise fees for Ace Hardware?
Franchisees typically need to pay at least $5,000 in fees directly to Ace Hardware in order to earn the right to launch their business
How much money can I make with a Ace Hardware franchise? What are the average revenues for a typical Ace Hardware business?
We haven’t done the math on how much revenue a typical Ace Hardware brings in each year. We estimate that other franchisees in the Retail industry general revenue, so we would expect Ace Hardware to generate a similar amount
How long do I need to commit to running a Ace Hardware unit? What is my contractual commitment?
The standard length for an initial franchise contract is 10 years. Renewals are also generally 10 years

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