Customers check out at Smitty’s Ace Hardware in Hermiston in November 2019.

Ace Hardware is expanding to Boardman.

Tammy and Randy Smith, who own Smitty’s ACE Hardware and Smitty’s Outpost in Hermiston, announced they have purchased the former Boardman Hardware building at 202 N.W. First St. and are planning to open an Ace Hardware at the location.

“We are doing a remodel and adding square footage so we won’t be opening right away,” Tammy Smith said.

She said they hope to open in February 2021 if all goes well.

Smith said they are excited to be part of the Boardman community, and feel there is a need for a store there.

Like the Hermiston store, it will offer a wide variety of power tools, lawn care equipment and other hardware, but she said they will also add a couple of “niche markets” for Boardman.

That includes RV parts and a fishing and boating department, in light of the RV park and marina.

“It will be a little bit different (than the Hermiston store),” Smith said. “We want to cater to the community.”

She said people seem excited about the announcement, and some people have already reached out and asked to set up a business charge account with the new store.

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