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Davis Ace adding store, expanding pet department

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June 6, 2012 | 5 Comments

Davis Ace Hardware has some big news. It is opening a second hardware store in Davis in Anderson Plaza, the shopping center at West Covell Boulevard and Anderson Road.

According to Executive Coordinator Carol MacDonald, the 3,500 square-foot neighborhood store will be called Aggie Ace and will carry core hardware products. She said to expect a soft opening in mig-August and a grand opening in September. The space was last occupied by 49er Video.

“As we are celebrating 90 years in business at the main location at what many people in town still refer to ‘Davis Lumber and Hardware,’ we are excited to welcome this new addition to the family,” she said.

Jennifer Anderson, president of Davis Ace, is kin to the namesake for Anderson Road and owner of Anderson Plaza.

Meanwhile, some expansion is under way at Davis Ace. The pet department, on the Fourth Street side of its Ace Garden & Pet store, is being remodeled. Starting Thursday, June 7, a temporary store will open across from the Rock Yard, at 912 Fifth St., Suite 300 (in the alley between Fifth and Fourth streets).  It will be open daily until 6 p.m. Fish, reptile and bird supplies will stay in the current pet department during the makeover. The transition will take six to eight weeks, MacDonald said.

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.
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  • Please, AceJune 06, 2012 - 8:47 am

    I sure hope Ace stops selling rabbits and rodents in their new pet section and start holding adoption events instead.

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  • JimJune 06, 2012 - 9:53 am

    How about the fact that many people truly enjoy rabbits and have excellent animal husbandry skills. You may have your own reasons for not being involved with the trade of these animals but I'm not sure of the moral validity of evaluating the legal pet selections of others (providing they aren't a safety hazard to the public.) If you want to crackdown on irresponsible breeders, I'm right there with you. Additionally, the guidelines of adoption events seem overbearing and I have been pretty much forced to go straight to the county animal shelter to adopt an outside cat as an only option. Unfortunately, most adoption agencies prefer cats to live much more inactive lives than nature intended for them - by requiring that owners keep them corralled in the house or apartment rather than outside all day. It's actually quite unsettling that some animal lovers think one size fits all and their brand of pet love should be the norm everywhere. I hope Davis Ace will stay off these Pet Adoption Event calendars; they are already adequately represented throughout town.

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  • Please, AceJune 06, 2012 - 10:27 am

    The two largest pet store chains in the country, Petsmart and Petco, do not sell cats, dogs, or rabbits. There is absolutely no good reason for Ace to conduct their business any differently. It is irresponsible of Ace to contribute demand for breeder rabbits when there are already so many who need homes. Those who want to practice their 'excellent husbandry skills' (and contribute to overpopulation) can go to craigslist. Plenty of backyard breeders on there.

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  • Rich RifkinJune 06, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    "Jennifer Anderson, president of Davis Ace, is kin to the namesake for Anderson Road and owner of Anderson Plaza." Anderson Road was named for Jennifer Anderson's grandfather, Gordon Anderson and his brother, John B. Anderson. They owned much of the land which fronted what became Anderson Road, well before that territory became a part of incorporated Davis. John Anderson served on the original City Council in Davis in 1917 and was the first mayor of our city. The Landmark edifice at the northwest corner of 2nd and G Street, called the Anderson Bank Building, is named for John Anderson, who helped start the original Bank of Davis in that building. After serving only 7 months on the first Davis City Council, Mayor Andeson had to resign his seat, because he moved outside of the city limits into the home he built on his family ranch. That house was located in the same location as the shopping center where his great niece, Jennifer, is going to open the new, small Ace hardware store. (She told me last night that at first, it will focus on sales of all sorts of hardware and it will sell paint. In time she hopes to add plant sales.) After the April, 1918 election, Jennifer's grandfather, Gordon, won a seat on the City Council. He was selected by his colleagues as the new mayor for the next 13 years. Gordon was in the lumber and hardware business, and his ownership interest in his company passed to his son, Don, and later to his daughters.

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  • JimJune 08, 2012 - 1:42 am

    'Please', It sounds like you've made an excellent point as to why they should sell Rabbits, Cats, and Dogs. See, there actually are plenty of good reasons why a small local store should act differently: First of all, Petco and PetsMart are both publically traded companies and have a different set of Masters. Also, they each have have hundreds of locations. The simple fact is that the cost and logistics of live animal sales for a coast-to-coast companies are enormous and don't scale well. That makes quality control an issue. You see 'Please', animals, unlike other inventory don't ship well from a central distribution point. Besides, if you've ever been to either one of those stores you'd know they are basically a combination of a Safeway Grocery and Ikea Store - for pets. They are as much true 'pet' store as SaveMart is Four Star restaurant because they sell Grey Poupon. You just aren't comparing like for like. Furthermore, many law abiding citizens prefer to make their Major lifetime expenditures with companies - or people who have businesses. You know something to lose if they act irresponsibly. And businesses can more easily be held accountable than random acquantices on craigslist. Again, there is room for responsible breeders; but go after the bad ones. Frankly with some many complaints about those two stores, why would you compare the activities of these two big businesses and point to them as moral beacons all pet stores should follow? Intrinsically, purchasing a cat, rabbit, or dog is not a bad thing. And if I want to buy a Maine Coon or Norweigan Forest Cat from Davis Lumber, it is between the two of us. I shouldn't have to risk it with someone who has little or nothing to lose but a craigslist customer.

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