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Family-owned Rocky’s Ace Hardware acquires local store

WASHINGTON, N.J. – Local family-owned and -operated business since 1969, Washington One-Stop, has been acquired by Rocky’s Ace Hardware, one of the country’s largest family-owned Ace Hardware dealers, now with 35 locations in eight states. Washington One-Stop, previously owned by Gary Hicken, was purchased in April of this year by Rocky’s, who will now manage the location under the name Rocky’s One-Stop at the existing location of 288 Route 31 South in Washington.    


“My grandfather opened our first location in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1926, and we’ve been in continuous operation under the same family ownership for three generations,” said Rocky’s Ace Hardware President Rocco Falcone. “We plant roots in each of our neighborhood locations and intend to maintain the community focus established by the previous owners.”


Falcone furthered, “Our customers will continue to receive the great service they enjoy from many of the longtime employees when they shop at Rocky’s One-Stop.”


Rocky’s One-Stop plans to host a grand opening celebration for the community next spring. In the meantime, the store will receive a minor interior updated while retaining much of the existing inventory—including the popular crafts section—with new organization and a more robust selection of products by familiar brands such as grill manufacturers Weber® and Traeger®, Benjamin Moore® Paints and EGO power tools.


“Our tagline is ‘experience the difference,’” said Falcone. “And we invite the Washington community to do so, and to enjoy the expanded inventory of our new store.”


About Rocky’s Ace Hardware

Rocky’s Ace Hardware, your neighborhood store for paint, hardware, lawn and garden, and grilling, has been in continuous operation, under the same family ownership, since opening its first location in Springfield, MA in 1926. From one modest store to now 35 convenient locations throughout Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, Rocky′s has become one of the country’s largest Ace Hardware dealers, noted for its exceptional customer service and vast product selection. For more information, visit