South Pasadena is “The Place” with New Helpful Ace Hardware Store Opening Labor Day Weekend

Published : Friday, August 23, 2019 | 3:40 PM

The new Ace Hardware location on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena will be opening its doors to the public on August 30, 2019. Photo by Eric Fabbro, for

Finding a ribbon and a large pair of scissors shouldn’t be a problem in South Pasadena where a new Ace Hardware opens Aug. 30.

The store at 452 Fair Oaks will simply be called Ace Hardware of South Pasadena, and will replace the former Orchard Supply Hardware that used to occupy the address. A former Orchard employee, Carlos Andrade, now heads the new store as General Manager. With him helping are former Orchard employees as well.

“We took over the old Orchard location and I am a former orchard employee as well, and Ace hired me to run the building. And I was able to hire a handful of associates that also used to work with me,” Andrade said.

All in all, Andrade said he will be supervising 60 local hires as the store opens, with at least 10 of them former Orchard Supply Hardware employees.

“There’s a couple who used to work at the Pasadena location too – Orchard – so I hired a couple of them as well,” he said.

After Friday’s board-cutting ceremony, which begins at 8 a.m., the grand opening celebration continues on Saturday, August 31, with family-friendly activities, vendor demonstrations, product deals, and other features between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tax-free purchases will be available on August 31 and September 1 during a “We Pay Your Sales Tax” event, with many other special sales and offers through September 2, the store announced.

“We’ll have a lot of activities for the kids,” Andrade continued. “We will have free snow cone treats for the neighbors, we’re going to have a bunch of vendor support, handing out freebies that’s out of their merchandise.”

Saturday’s celebration will include vendor demonstrations, including BBQ grills and tastings from Big Green Egg and Traeger, outdoor power equipment and power tools from Makita, Milwaukee Tools and Stihl, the latest pet supplies from Blue Buffalo and Natural Balance, and Soda Stream sparkling watermakers, the store’s announcement said.

The Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA will have a pet adoption event, and shoppers at the new location can donate pet food, pet supplies, and cleaning supplies to the organization.

Ace Hardware of South Pasadena will be open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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