Rockford Ace Hardware undergoing ownership transition

Amy Kruer, owner of Rockford Ace Hardware announced today that she has entered into an agreement to sell the business to Great Lakes Ace Hardware, a Michigan based chain of Ace Hardware stores. The sale is in process and the transition in leadership will begin in February.

“My husband Pete and I bought the store in 1983 and were proud to continue the tradition of helpful service, expert advice and friendly customer care. We are proud that we have built on the legacy of the store which opened in Rockford in 1897. My daughter, Paula Ryder, and I have been continuing to operate the store since the loss of my husband in 2016. We have reached a cross road and would like to have more time with family
and friends.”

“We were prepared to make the transition only when we found an operator who understood our values as a business and who would be able to continue serving customers and supporting our community for the foreseeable future. We are pleased to be passing ownership over to Great Lakes Ace Hardware as their excellent reputation, shared values, and focus on continuity assures us that our team and community will continue to be well served.”

“We are thrilled to expand into the Rockford area and look forward to continuing Rockford Ace Hardware’s tradition of customer service and community involvement,” says Mark VandenBerg, President of Great Lakes Ace Hardware. “Our company vision is to improve lives and communities and we do that by going above and beyond to serve our customers. In a time when customers have more options than ever before, this is the bedrock fueling our growth.”

Great Lakes Ace is committed to retaining Rockford Ace Hardware Associates who are familiar faces to customers in Rockford and surrounding communities. The store will continue to operate as Rockford Ace Hardware.

Great Lakes Ace Hardware began operation in Dearborn, Michigan in 1946 and has a history steeped in the traditional American tale of hard work and reinvention. The company provides local neighborhoods with access to national brands such as Craftsman, Scotts, Valspar, Toro, Weber, and others, while providing customers with a localized product mix and a friendly neighborhood hardware store experience. It has been part of the Ace Hardware Cooperative since 2014. For more information about Great Lakes Ace Hardware visit