Marin Ace opened on December 15, 2011 and is the second store owned by local residents and owners Jeff and Michelle Leopold. They also own Standard 5&10 Ace in SF’s Laurel Village Shopping Store. “We knew there was a hardware desert between central San Rafael and Novato,” shared the Leopolds, “we had been looking for a spot to open in northern San Rafael, with the closing of nearby Pacific Lumber and previously Yardbirds and Cooks’ Hardware”.
Marin Ace has been designed to reflect the needs of the community, including solutions to everyday home improvement needs, as well as an extensive array of high-quality products in categories such as housewares, paint, and lawn and garden, in a convenient, easily-accessed location off 101.
The store is in the former Terra Linda Sizzler location. “Now you have to BBQ your own steaks, but we have great Weber Grills for the job,” jokes “mom” Michelle, “and you need to grow your own salad bar – but we can help with the plants, soil, and other gardening items!”
Providing “Sizzling” service remains the store’s top priority. “Our mission is to provide customers with convenience combined with superior service through one-on-one expert advice and assistance,” says Jeff Leopold. “We are delighted to have become a helpful and valuable neighbor to the community, both inside and outside the walls of our store.”
The 5,200 square-foot store is packed with thousands of essential products and supplies, including some of the most respected brand names and best-selling items in the home improvement marketplace. Key product offerings include paint, lawn and garden, hardware, electrical, plumbing, automotive and home décor as well as Weber Grills and firepits, and an extensive housewares secton featuring Cuisinart, Keurig, Krups, Microplane, OXO, Wilton, Yeti and Zyliss. The store also offers a 1,400 square-foot outdoor garden center, with plants, pots, soil and amendments – even organic chicken feed.
Marin Ace Store Info:
- Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am to 6pm
- Address: 180 Merrydale Road, San Rafael CA 94903
- Phone: 415/479-9393
- Store Management: Troy Welch, General Manager
About Ace Hardware – “Locally owned, Nationally known”
Throughout its 90+ year history, Ace Hardware has been known as the helpful hardware store by both customers and communities. In 2007, Ace Hardware was again ranked the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Major Home Improvement Retail Stores” by J.D. Power and Associates in its inaugural study of the retail home improvement industry, and Ace has won the award every year since. With 4,600 hardware, home center and building materials stores, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states and 60 countries. More information about Ace can be found at www.acehardware.com.