Seehafer Ace Hardware is headed back to Main Street in Milbank. According to general manager, Jill Lacek, the new store will be designed to focus on what customers want most. “We will stock the things most often requested and concentrate on the core items people need every day.” Updated departments, will facilitate home maintenance and home improvement: plumbing, electrical, hardware, tools, a full line of paint and painting supplies, housewares, and seasonal merchandise.
Although the exact moving date hasn’t been nailed down, Lacek says they are planning to be in the new location yet this fall – most likely by mid-November. “We are in the process of selling the inventory in the store on Highway 12 in order to update and streamline the new store. Plus, we will surprise you with great deals just in time for Black Friday!”
Kristi Seehafer, co-owner of the company with her husband, Phil, says, “Downtown is where we belong. Phil’s family has been in the hardware business for nearly five decades, and most of those years were downtown. It’s so convenient for both homeowners and businesses.” Phil agrees, “It will definitely be like coming home. Ado, my dad, started the original store downtown and my mom, Eleanore, worked right beside him. Kristi has carried on that tradition.”
Another thing that won’t change is the employees’ goal to always provide the best customer care. Lacek says, “We will strive to maintain our reputation of being tops in customer service. Seehafer Ace Hardware has always been a happy, positive place, and our loyal, long-time employees will all be moving with us.” Employees include: Suzanne Seehafer, Charles Schambers, and Chris Mueller. MHS students Stuart Loehrer and Naomi Gomez are also employed part time.
The store plans to hold a Grand Re-Opening shortly after the move. Keep up with The Valley Express for dates and details.
Phil and Kristi Seehafer and Jill Lacek pictured at Seehafer’s Main Street store