Bob Strange said Wednesday morning that today celebrates the fourth grand opening he’s been involved with since 2003.

“This is the fourth opening…grand opening we’ve had since we started in business 19 years ago,” said Strange, who bought the True Value store with his late wife, Carol, and family. “This is the third grand re-opening. What that means is that we have expanded upon our existing businesses three times.”

Those expansions came in 2003 when the True Value store moved into the current home on West State Road 56 in the home of the former Central Tractor building. Expansion came in 2007 with the addition of a clothing and shoe area, Radio Shack dealership, JCPenney catalog store and lawn and garden center.

And today….the grand re-opening of the new facility as Ace Hardware.

“And that is in itself indicative…our confidence in the community we serve….and the confidence of the community in us,” Strange said.

Officials were on hand at Ace Hardware’s “chain” cutting ceremony this morning to cheer on the local management group.

Gary Strange helps his dad, Bob, cut the “chain” at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting this morning honoring the Grand Re-Opening of the former True Value store as Ace Hardware. From left, Terry Strange, Todd Hazelip, Jason Cockerill, Randall Bills, Jack Mahuron, Sabrina Burdine.
Bob Strange addressed the group who came to see the new Ace Hardware Store in Salem. This is Strange’s fourth grand opening in 19 years as his business continues to expand.
Ace Hardware is the area Stihl dealer.
Besides hardware, plumbing, electrical supplies, pain and a lawn and garden center, you can also feed your livestock and animals with a variety of feeds.
Congratulations to Ace Hardware of Salem!

One official said Ace Hardware was very proud to be involved with the Salem store and noted that it was one of the larger hardware stores in Indiana.

The Salem location also has an unofficial title for now — recently in the buy-one-get-one paint sale, it sold more paint than any other Ace Hardware store on Earth.

There will be a special sale on Craftsman tools this weekend and WSLM will be there on Saturday morning from 9-11a for a LIVE REMOTE.