Ace Hardware to join growing retail in Harrsiburg

By Rosemary McCoy

Harrisburg is getting its second hardware store, an Ace Hardware that will focus on the do-it-yourself customer.

Construction will begin soon at the site, which is on the east side of the Fareway grocery store being built on the northeast corner of Cliff Avenue and Willow Street. The store is owned by J.W. Niederauer Inc., which has Ace Hardwares in Tea, Lennox, Brandon, Dell Rapids and Sisseton.

“With the other stores, it was a natural fit getting into those communities that surround Sioux Falls,” said Jason Melcher, one of five partners in the company and the manager of the Brandon store. “We provide great customer service, and we like diving in and being a part of the community.”

John Niederauer started his first hardware store in Miller in 1970, so the company knows the business, Melcher said.

Harrisburg, which is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state, is ready to grow its retail side, he said.

“The town really rallies behind the school, but there’s not much retail. Fareway and us will help give Harrisburg a little more of an identity as far as the retail side.”

The Harrisburg Economic Development Corporation and Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the site.

“The plan is to have it ready for us at the end of February,” Melcher said of the store. “It takes us three to four weeks to get it ready, so we’re hoping to have a soft opening by March 1.”

Ace will be open daily. In addition to the typical hardware inventory, the 15,000-square-foot store will have a garden center, propane tank rental, glass and screen repair, fishing licenses and key cutting, Melcher said.

Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center has been in Harrisburg for several years.

“We don’t really see them as direct competition,” Melcher said. “They are more of a contractor’s shop, and we are more do-it-yourself and basic hardware needs.”

Adrienne McKeown, president of the Harrisburg chamber and economic development group, sees the addition of Ace as a sign that the community is thriving.

“The fact that Harrisburg has grown to support an additional hardware store speaks to the continued momentum we are experiencing in our retail and residential sectors,” she said. “We know that Ace has plans to offer more services than what one might typically expect from a hardware store, so we are really pleased about what this will mean for our residents in terms of being able to shop local and also in terms of new job opportunities.”

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Ace Hardware to join growing retail in Harrsiburg

Harrisburg is getting its second hardware store, an Ace Hardware that will focus on the do-it-yourself customer.

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