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North and High streets

Schreiner Ace Hardware opens

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Worthington Mayor Harvey Minton reads a proclamation during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Schreiner Ace Hardware, 925 High St., on Feb. 1.

Like most hardware stores, Worthington's new Schreiner Ace Hardware carries just about everything, including the kitchen sink.

If you don't find it on the 8,800-square-foot sales floor, just ask. The staff probably could order one to fit your needs.

Store manager Michael Lynch said he believes Worthington residents would welcome the sales and service for which the company is known.

Not only does the store sell all of the hardware one expects; it also sells big-name brands, provides services like pipe-cutting, window and screen repair, and key-cutting; and loans tools to do-it-yourself types.

In the spring, the new store, at North and High streets, behind Dairy Queen, will open a 2,500-square-foot outdoor sales area, selling many types of plants, from hanging baskets to annuals, perennials, herbs and tomatoes, as well as mulch, outdoor furniture and other supplies.

Customers already have told Lynch they are eager to have a place to buy flowers. For many years, the old Jubilee Foods was the Worthington center for plants and flowers. Jubilee closed nearly a decade ago. For a few seasons, a local young man sold flowers in the parking lot of what now is Schreiner Ace. That sales site was not active last season, though.

The storefront that is now Schreiner Ace also was vacant for many years, ever since CVS moved into its new building across North Street.

Schreiner Ace co-owner Jim Ryan lives in Worthington and often drove by and finally inquired about leasing the site. He and Bob Trout own four hardware stores in the Columbus area. The first was Schreiner Hardware, which the Schreiner family opened at 2585 N. High St. in 1946.

Ryan and Trout purchased the stores in 1998 and took on the Ace brand in 2002.

Other new Schreiner Ace stores are at 1665 Parsons Ave., Columbus, and 1131 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview Heights.