Monday, November 28, 2022


Which hardware store do you shop in the most?

Home and RV improvement projects have skyrocketed this past year during the pandemic. More people spending time at home = more people realizing how ugly their kitchen cabinets are.

There are more than 13,000 hardware stores in the U.S. Ace Hardware is the largest hardware store chain with 4,118 locations and California has the highest number of hardware stores.

After Ace, True Value has the second-highest number of stores, followed by The Home Depot, Tractor Supply Co. and Lowe’s.

Where do you shop at the most?


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Jim Prideaux
1 year ago

I shop online first to see who (Amazon, HD, Lowes etc) has what and at what price. Price usually wins especially from Amazon. Free delivery the next day or two. No need to leave home.

Dennis G.
1 year ago

My favorite hardware store was Orchard Supply Hardware. They were mainly located in CA. They were bought and shut down by Lowes. My now go to hardware store is ACE. Both generally had the hardware we needed for repairing our rental properties.

We do shop at Lowes and Home Depot, but try to avoid them as much as possible.

Scott R. Ellis
1 year ago

Ace is locally owned, staffed by competent people, and has a much larger selection of anything but the most basic hardware. Lowes and Home Depot are a distant second and third.

1 year ago

It depends on what we need … Ace is closest to home, but a small store so good for quick fix-it needs. We tend to go to McLendon next for other items, but compare prices with Lowes and/or Home Depot and purchase accordingly.

Ed K
1 year ago

Unfortunately, unless I want to drive over 25 miles, Ace is the only store in our town. Home Depot and Lowes are in the next town over and with the summer terrorist traffic around here, it can take 20-30 minutes to get through my town just so you can get to the other town. Going South the next Lowes/Home Depot is about 45-50 miles so Ace is the only choice.

1 year ago

I preferred the small local stores but in my area they closed years ago; kind of forced into the big chains. However, the “very last choice” is mail order.

1 year ago

Hertiage Hardware like stepping back in time. Keep the big box stores I’ll pay extra to support my local shops. And if by chance they don’t have it they’ll get it.

1 year ago

HD has large inventory/sales/I’ve memorized their layout. ACE has more specialty items. Lowes is more Yuppie and expensive. IMHO.

Roy Davis
1 year ago

I shopped at the local Ace Hardware for years along with many local people. When they sold it to a guy who owned several others, he wanted to build a huge store on adjacent property he owned but Corporate said no so he just closed the store. I know this is true because I knew people who worked there that told me. Now I go to where they all went, Menards. Great place but a bit of a drive.

Robert Cross
1 year ago

I try to use local Hardware stores where ever we camp. Usually not hard to find.

Tony Price
1 year ago

Canadian Tire

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

There are three Lowes stores in my work area that I tend to hit 80% of the time. Then there are the five ACE Hardware locations around work/home for another 10% and the final 10% goes to Home Depot and a small independent chain (Dunn Lumber).

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Yay, Dunn Lumber! My dad built our house north of Seattle in the mid ’40s and later added on – mostly with materials from Dunn Lumber in Shoreline. It was a real adventure to get to go with him to buy supplies from Dunn Lumber! Thanks, Jeff! Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Gregory Brott
1 year ago

LOVE my local Rosedale Ace in Bakersfield. For a real treat when you are in the Pismo Beach area a must stop at is Miner’s Ace Hardware in Grover Beach. Versus today’s big box stores this Ace has unbelievable service provided by real and caring experts!

1 year ago

Shop at Ace, I can almost find what I’m looking for and if needing a screw or nut can get my hands on it if needed.

Ron Lane
1 year ago

While my local hardware independently owned hardware store isn’t always equipped like the monster Home Depot or Lowes, I will seek for my needs there first…..then if they don’t have what I need, I’ll lower myself and go to Home Depot.

1 year ago

It’s Menards not Minards.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

Thanks, Brian! I forgot to proof the poll when I proofed the post (it’s on a different page than what I was looking at). It’s been corrected. Have a great day! 🙂 –Diane

Bob M
1 year ago

I shop at Ace mostly, since it’s more convenient. Do shop at Lowe’s & HD. Use to buy stuff off the internet from Menard’s, but they started charging a extra fee. Last time I bought some stuff, about six months or so later they sent me a letter saying I owed my state sales tax. Because of those two things I no longer buy off them.

1 year ago

The local Ace and True Values tend to be smaller and much more interesting to visit. Often have really good kitchen items and sometimes kitschy gift sections.

Chris S Kittilson
1 year ago

The Do It Best is in our hood, is the go to store.

1 year ago

Hardware Hank’s, an upper Midwest chain in town.

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