A new hardware store is coming to Buckwalter Place in Bluffton.
Chicago-based Ace Hardware will set up shop near Station 300 in the southwest corner of the commercial development off Buckwalter Parkway.
Construction on the 12,000-square-foot store is scheduled to begin in April and should be finished by Labor Day, according to Matt Green, a partner at Buckwalter Commercial.
Along with traditional hardware items, the store will be heavily stocked with goods specific to the Lowcountry, such as patio furniture, grills and garden tools, according to co-owner Robert Heuser.
The store will also boast a garden center and bike shop -- a no-brainer, said Renee Heuser, Robert's wife and co-owner.
"We figured with all the trails down here, a bike shop would be perfect," she said.
After inquiring with the hardware cooperative about running a store, the Heusers moved to the area from Maryland last year to fill what the company called an untapped market.
"This place is building up like crazy," Renee Heuser said.
Robert Heuser said he expects to hire 16 employees to outfit Ace, which will be about 4,000 square feet larger than its counterpart store on Hilton Head Island.
Ace has more than 4,000 locations worldwide and does more than $3 billion in sales annually, according to its most recent corporate filing.
The Bluffton Ace is another win for the developers at Buckwalter Place. The 94-acre, mixed-use area has expanded in recent years, adding the town's Don Ryan Center for Innovation, a second CareCore National building, a Publix grocery store and Station 300, among others.
Green, the development partner, said Tuesday that more businesses will be announced for the area in the coming months, though he declined to discuss specifics.
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