Ace Hardware Corp., the largest convenience hardware distributor in the world, announced on May 9 that it will soon have a new office campus to call home. Ace, which has been located in Oak Brook, Ill., since 1974, is staying within the village and moving to The Reserve, an 80-acre campus that offers more flexibility, amenities and space to support the company’s continued growth.
“We feel blessed to have found a space that not only offers us a runway for more growth, but also provides a spectacular environment to reinforce our culture and inspire our people,” said John Venhuizen, Ace Hardware president and CEO. “Our motivation has never been to be the biggest, but to be the best. This beautiful new property further enables the great Ace team to do just that.”
Before moving into its new space in summer 2023, Ace plans an extensive interior renovation that will create a dynamic environment that reflects Ace’s iconic brand and culture. The company is a mainstay on the Chicago Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces,” having been ranked #7 in 2021 and cracking the top 10 for the past five years. Ace will tap into this strong sense of engagement and use employee input to help shape the building’s new look and feel.
For the first time, Ace’s over 1,100 Oak Brook-based employees will be in a single building, creating an even closer sense of community and collaboration. Employees will enjoy modern amenities, such as an on-site cafeteria, state-of-the-art fitness center, an open floorplan with floor-to-ceiling windows around the entire building, the latest technology and an indoor, heated parking garage. The building also features numerous outdoor terraces, patios and gathering spaces, as well as easy access to more than 2.5 miles of walking paths and two ponds. Renovations are expected to begin in late 2022 with occupancy scheduled for summer 2023.