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Ace Hardware Stores Across the Country Celebrate 'Small Business Saturday'

Locally Owned Retailers Encourage Neighbors to Shop Small

OAK BROOK, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 11/26/13 -- Today, Ace Hardware, the retailer-owned cooperative made up of 4,100 locally owned and operated hardware stores across the nation, announces its participation in "Small Business Saturday." On Nov. 30, shoppers can head to their participating neighborhood Ace Hardware store to take advantage of this fourth annual national event that encourages consumers to shop at local small businesses across the country.

"We're proud to have our locally-owned and operated Ace stores participating in 'Small Business Saturday' once again," said John Surane, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Merchandising and Sales, for Ace Hardware Corp. "Our retailers are part of the fabric of the communities they serve and treat their customers like neighbors because they truly are their neighbors. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to celebrate our nation's entrepreneurial spirit and empower people to do something positive for their community by supporting local businesses."

"Small Business Saturday" is a national event, created by American Express® in 2010, founded to help the small businesses that are vitally important to the local communities in which they operate. These businesses across the country boost the economy, create local jobs and contribute money and in-kind donations to local organizations. This year, American Express will give customers using an American Express card a one-time $10 statement credit when they register their card for "Small Business Saturday" and spend $10 or more at a qualifying small business on Nov. 30. Consumers can visit www.shopsmall.com for details on registering their card.

For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit www.smallbusinesssaturday.com, and to find your neighborhood Ace Hardware store, visit www.acehardware.com.

About Ace Hardware
For nearly 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2013, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Seven Years in a Row" according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,700 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.

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