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Ace Hardware Establishes Kansas City, Missouri, Retail Support Center

Ace Hardware Corporation, the world's largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative, plans to establish a new retail support center in Kansas City, Missouri. The project is expected to create 350 jobs.

The approximately 1.5-million-square-foot facility, located at the KCI 29 Logistics Park, will be almost twice the size of the average Ace RSC and will allow the company to balance its current distribution network and meet the needs of its growing retail landscape. Operations are scheduled for 2025.

"We look forward to construction of the new Retail Support Center in Kansas City, which will be a critical part of Ace Hardware's robust supply chain," said Lori Bossmann, Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer for Ace Hardware Corporation. "This new facility will allow Ace to accommodate its recent growth and sales volume, and it will prepare our company for future business opportunities. 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."

Missouri Partnership worked with the following organizations to assist Ace Hardware with its expansion, including; Missouri Department of Economic Development; Missouri Department of Transportation; Kansas City Area Development Council; KC SmartPort; Platte County Economic Development Council; Port KC; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri; Evergy; Spire; City of Kansas City, Missouri; and Hunt Midwest.

"Ace Hardware's new distribution center in Missouri is significant for a multitude of reasons," noted Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership. "Notably, Ace Hardware will be the first company at KCI 29 Logistics Park. This facility's expansive footprint surpasses the norm and will create hundreds of new jobs in the vibrant Kansas City region while strengthening Missouri's reputation as the best location for companies."

Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with over 5,700 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 60 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, the company and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China, and Santa Catarina, Mexico.

"As a top 15 U.S. industrial market, Kansas City continues to see rapid growth in the industrial space and attract internationally recognized brands, including Ace Hardware," added Elli Bowen, Vice President of KC SmartPort. "With access to robust utility and transportation infrastructure as well as a skilled labor pool, Hunt Midwest's KCI 29 megasite positions Kansas City as a prime location for companies looking to optimize their manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce operations."

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