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In August, Andersen ACE Hardware in Wellington celebrated its fourth anniversary.
The Andersen family owns and operates the store located on the east side of Interstate 25, across from Bella’s Market. Ian is the General Manager and his wife Blair is the Office Manager. Doug and Vicky own the store and Doug serves as official figurehead and lackey.
The store has continued to grow as the loyal staff and managers learn what is needed to supply Wellington and the surrounding area with basic hardware merchandise, propane, animal feed and supplies, rental equipment, fencing materials and garden supplies.
The best part of the job, as Ian puts it, is “getting to know people and figuring out ways to solve their problems.” A hardware store is expected to find ways to meet people’s needs. But at Wellington ACE the entire objective is to go the extra step of knowing how to resolve issues. Andersen ACE also will be happy to recommend an affiliate professional to help if the “Do-It-Yourself” option isn’t working.
Fall and Winter are great times to get those projects done we put off all summer while it was too hot, or too smokey, to be outdoors. Ace wants to make our field of experts and advisors available to define the objective and help get it done.
In that vein, every Saturday in the month of October will be winterization project days. At 10 a.m. each Saturday, Andersen ACE will host a professional in the field of furnace, plumbing, automobile (including RV), garden and sprinkler system preparations for cold weather.
On Sundays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the month ACE will host a swap meet. For no charge folks can set up their tables and tents in the parking lot and peddle whatever they would like to sell to the public and each other. Should be fun.
Even more fun might be Story Telling Night. At 7 p.m. each Tuesday, ACE will conduct “open mike” opportunity for anyone with a sense of good taste and decorum and hopefully humor to come tell a story about anything that is interesting enough or timely enough to hold the audience’s attention. The cap-off will be on Oct. 30 — the night before Halloween. That’s scary stories only.
Having fun and making your experience at ACE in Wellington a worthwhile experience is a big part of the objective. It’s why the Andersens opened the store 4 years ago. They want to say “Thank You Wellington.”