Ace Hardware breaks ground in Hayden |

Ace Hardware breaks ground in Hayden

Bill Hayden, right, is putting a 5,000-square-foot addition onto the Hayden Mercantile to house an Ace Hardware.

— The owners of the Hayden Mercantile grocery store have broken ground on a new helpful hardware store.

Bill Hayden is putting a 5,000-square-foot addition onto the grocery store to house an Ace Hardware.

"The building is already here," Hayden said. "It just needs to be assembled."

Depending on the weather, construction could be completed in three months.

"We've been without a hardware store for a long time, and I think a lot of what people need at the hardware store is the little stuff," Hayden Mayor Jim Haskins said. "It's been a real inconvenience for folks. I think people are just excited to see it."

Haskins is also looking forward to the sales tax revenues that will be generated for the town, though it is too early to tell what the tax impact will be.

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"I think it's going to be pretty significant," Haskins said.

The new business will also create jobs, but Hayden does not yet know how many.

"It's hard telling, until we get a little more information from Ace," he said.

The Hayden family has operated the grocery store for nearly 28 years.

The two businesses will be connected and share a common checkout.

Hayden said he has to reassure some customers that the grocery store is not going away.

"We have to explain to them it's not going to be that way," Hayden said. "It's going to be both."

Haskins said the addition of the Ace will fill a gap in the town, and he has been jokingly saying goodbye to his friends and the employees at Steamboat Ace Hardware.

"I'm always running over to Ace Hardware," he said.

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