BREAKING NEWS: Ace partners with RONA after fallout with TIM-BR MART

HARDLINES EXCLUSIVE — Ace Hardware’s licensing agreement with TIM-BR MART Group won’t end officially until August 31, but RONA area managers are already knocking on the doors of Ace stores in this country offering them “the Ace package.”

And no wonder. HARDLINES has learned that RONA has concluded a master license agreement with Ace Hardware in Canada, ensuring a continued foothold in this country for the giant Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op.

(We’ll have more details on this breaking news story early tomorrow morning! —Editor)