Ace Hardware is coming to downtown Hearne
“A new 7,000 square foot Ace Hardware Store plans to open in downtown Hearne by year’s end,” says Keith Jentsch. After months of planning and paperwork, the new store is being opened in the former Western Auto/Allen Hardware store location at the southeastern corner of Third and Magnolia Streets.
Jentsch’s family has owned and operated businesses in this one block stretch of Third Street for the past sixty years. It all began with the 1954 opening of Hearne Auto in the structure that is currently occupied by the Robertson County News. Then, family patriarch Marlin Jentsch re-outfitted and moved into the old hospital across the street. In 1969, Jentsch Motors opened a couple of blocks north on the highway. Later, the Lou’s Fashion Shop/Ruiz Cleaners buildings were added to the Third Street enterprise. A 2013 addition of the two-story building on the corner represents a logical progression for this long-time family business.
CarQuest will remain in its current location, which is a hop, skip, and a jump off of heavily traveled combined TX6/US79. This business will continue to sell auto parts. All hardware items will be sold to Robertson and eastern Milam County residents, businesses, and visitors out of the new Ace Hardware Store on the corner.
Since the building has an historic marker, Jentsch will not change its exterior façade other than to give it a fresh coat of paint. Inside, Jentsch plans to keep the look and feel of an old hardware store while at the same time offering a vastly expanded range of items to local customers.
“Local people should be able to find many of the paint, hardware, and related items they need at this new Robertson County store,” reported Jentsch. “We plan to stock lots of items so folks will be better able to shop locally instead of going to Bryan/College Station.”
“The City of Hearne is delighted that Keith Jentsch plans to expand his offerings and open a major new retail store in downtown,” commented Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez. ”Jentsch’s investment will hopefully help develop downtown.” Hearne’s city council and 4A sales tax board have approved an incentive as well as the paving of the adjacent alley to handle the increased truck traffic the business will generate.
The Hearne Depot is open. DaVita really cleaned-up one part of downtown. Truss Works has breathed new energy into the old Stark Truss facility on Fulton Street. The old Hearne Cotton Compress wall and loading docks are gone, with a new Crossroads Center planned. A new Ace Hardware should bring lots of people and a major positive change to another part of downtown.
Robertson County’s local Ace Hardware store is a member of the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Ace Hardware began as a small chain of stores in 1924 and has grown to include more than 4,600 stores in 50 states and more than 70 countries. The closest Ace Hardware stores to Hearne are in Navasota and Marlin. As part of a cooperative, every Ace Hardware store is independently owned. From neighborhood hardware stores to lumberyards to super-size home centers, each Ace Hardware is unique and tailored to meet the needs of its local community.
“We are committed to being ‘the helpful place’ by offering our customers knowledgeable advice, helpful service, and quality products,” added Jentsch. “We hope you’ll come visit our new store when it’s open.”
Local Report / Robertson County News
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