Carrie Rengers

Wichita has one independent Ace Hardware, but surrounding areas have some, too

Sheila and Greg Paul, who are moving their Ace Hardware store from the former Wichita Mall to a larger location at 1230 S. Woodlawn, are the only independent Ace owners in Wichita. However, there are a few more independent operators in surrounding areas.
Sheila and Greg Paul, who are moving their Ace Hardware store from the former Wichita Mall to a larger location at 1230 S. Woodlawn, are the only independent Ace owners in Wichita. However, there are a few more independent operators in surrounding areas. File photo

Last week, Have You Heard? reported that Greg and Sheila Paul are moving their Ace Hardware from in front of the former Wichita Mall to much-larger space near the corner of Harry and Woodlawn.

Greg Paul mentioned that their store is the last independent Ace store in the Wichita area.

To clarify, the Pauls have the last independent Ace in Wichita, but there are a few others in surrounding areas, such as Goddard, Maize and Augusta.

“We are still out here,” says Russ Lowen, who opened the Goddard Ace store in April 2017.

Not only that, he says, but he’s looking to expand with more stores and is already working with Ace to identify where makes sense.

“It’s a growing market, and there’s business opportunity, and we plan on being part of it.”

Carrie Rengers has been a reporter for almost three decades, including 16 years at The Wichita Eagle. Her Have You Heard? column of business scoops runs five days a week in The Eagle. If you have a tip, please e-mail or tweet her or call 316-268-6340.
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