When it comes to hardware stores in Aptos, Ace is definitely the place – if for no other reason than that there is no other hardware store in Aptos. There’s Home Depot in Capitola (and Watsonville), and Orchard Supply in Capitola (and Watsonville, too) but if you’re looking to make a quick run to a hardware store without hopping on the freeway, Aptos Ace Hardware is the place to go.
The Ace Hardware in Aptos is located in the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center, and presently occupied 11,000 square feet of retail space. Although it’s not big for a hardware store, in the future it will likely be smaller, as the redevelopment of the Rancho del Mar and Safeway expansion will put the squeeze on Ace Hardware and other retailers in the development.
Although it’s small and slated to get smaller, it’s well loved by locals. The service is fast, friendly – and genuine. If you need help, they’ll give it to you – which is refreshing for anyone who’s spent much time looking for hardware help in a big box retailer.
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