The nearly instantaneous shut down of businesses triggered by Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses large and small. Having endured nearly six months of changing mandates and regulations, many businesses have come to assume that everything may change forever. For most, this has meant pivoting to a new business model for survival.
Not so for our local Walnut Creek ACE Hardware store independently owned and operated by Kevin and Debbie Fisher Walnut Creek residents and long-time Chamber members. Kevin is also a Chamber Leadership Contra Costa graduate. Walnut Creek Hardware opened its doors in 2008 and quickly positioned itself as the “go-to” hardware store in our community. Their hardworking staff also live locally. Ranging in age from 16 to 78, the staff differentiates itself with their expertise, breadth of knowledge, and attentive and personal service.“That’s why we say a visit to Ace is like a visit to your neighbor.” Throughout the past six months, their loyal staff has remained on the front lines serving the community and striving to excel during the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Urged by their contemporaries to take advantage of funding options and forgivable loans being offered to small businesses, Walnut Creek Hardware made a conscious decision to opt out. Instead, they will stay the course, providing what has always exemplified what makes ACE great. The one exception, giving their employees a boost in pay in recognition that “We are all in this together.” Looking for some family fun?
Check out the Ace Trains. Walnut Creek Hardware features extensive model trains which run around the store on an elevated track. The track also showcases various handcrafted model replicas of famous bridges in the area, including the Golden Gate Bridge, New Bay Bridge, the Tower Bridge in Sacramento, and a rail trestle bridge in Benicia. No entrance fee or reservation required, but please do wear a mask. Check out what makes them the Coolest Store, click here