Ace Hardware is opening a 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center in Kansas City, Missouri, according to a June 22 press release.
The Retail Support Center is expected to enhance Ace’s inventory capacity while meeting higher retail demand. The hardware retailer said it increased retail sales by $12 billion in the past 10 years.
The center will be equipped with technology, automation and warehouse management systems, the company said in the release.
"This new facility will allow Ace to accommodate its recent growth and sales volume, and it will prepare our company for future business opportunities," EVP and Supply Chain Officer Lori Bossmann said in a statement. "By strengthening our presence in the Midwest, Ace will be better positioned to fulfill deliveries more frequently, ensuring consistent service levels as new stores are opening within our network.”
Retail Support Centers are strategically positioned near Ace stories to maintain balanced service areas and ensure prompt delivery of goods. The Kansas City center will also be a part of Ace's global distribution network.
Construction is slated to begin in Q2 of this year with an estimated completion in mid-2025.