After 42 years, ACE Hardware on McBryde preparing to close


After 42 years of being known for top-notch customer service, the ACE Hardware at 4920 McBryde Ave. is preparing to close.

Owners and brothers Bob and Patrick Eames, who opened the store in 1974, told the Richmond Standard they are retiring and plan to close the shop by the end of the year.

The store is holding a liquidation sale where all items are 20-percent off. Bob Eames said the brothers haven’t made a decision on what to do with the property moving forward.


The store will certainly be missed. In June, after we featured ACE Hardware in our Small Biz Boost segment, we received dozens of comments on Facebook and elsewhere from readers with nothing but nice things to say about the store and its owners.

“Lived on McBryde Ave. for years and relied on Ace, Bob and his brother for advice and service,” one said.

Another said, “Love this store! Owner and employees are so helpful and knowledgeable…Home Depot doesn’t come close to this store!”

Our favorite comment came from a romantic: “I kissed my wife for the first time in front of that store 33 years ago and counting,” a reader said.

Mike “Raccoon Eyes” Kinney contributed to this report


  1. I’ve lived in my house for 30 years and have depended on these guys for answers about everything concerning repairs. They always had the answer. Their store is one of a kind. If you needed one washer you could actually buy one washer. Over the years they gave dozens of high school students their first jobs. I really hate to see them close. They are the best in the hardware business. Really great guys.

  2. Ace Hardware was a fantastic place for a young person to be gainfully employed. The store required you to be an active thinker and listener as you would have to troubleshoot issues often with critical information. Patrick and Bob helped groom many neighborhood youths into responsible and productive professional adults. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. The neighborhood will really be at a loss without these two next to the gas station.

  3. What a great pair of brothers and a great business. I worked at both Ace Hardware and Cafe McBryde in the 90’s while at Salesian High School. Yes Bob and Patrick employeed many local kids in their shop and it was appreciated! Thank you!

  4. Didn’t frequent the store a lot but
    when I did the service was
    always stellar.Moved out of the
    area.Have often mentioned the
    store to family and friends.

  5. I purchased harware for my developments& innovations i ‘m an innovator & genious i donot want them to go getting a patent soon, i would like to own the site?