Become a Dealer
Whether looking to convert, build a ground-up store or take over an existing one, we're equipped to help you succeed at retail.
The most in-depth information can be gathered through our staff. Contact Chad Ruth (p: 1-800-835-6560 or 763-559-1800) to get details about attending a Market or becoming a prospective dealer. He'll connect you with the appropriate people. You can also fill out our online contact form to reach us.
Otherwise, feel free to browse our information below and throughout the site.
Olivia Hardware Hank - Olivia, Minnesota
Don and Karen Theisen (above) have a Hardware Hank Store in Olivia, MN.
Karen Theisen described what it's like to work with United Hardware:
"Everyone - from the truck drivers to the people in customer service - takes ownership in what they do. It's really like a family."
Thermopolis Hardware & Mercantile - Thermopolis, Wyoming
Dennis and Karen Sinclair (above) created a destination store when they rebuilt Thermopolis Hardware & Mercantile after a fire destroyed their previous business. Sinclair worked with United store design and personnel to develop a custom look for the store.
Dennis Sinclair talked about the rebuilding process:
"United has a super store planning department. They took an empty store, and within a day and a half had completely set all of the fixtures. United has provided us with the tools that any of the major co-ops or wholesalers could have given us. But most of all we appreciate the freedom we have in being able to go our own way."
Hyytinen Hardware Hank - Aitkin, Minnesota
Hyytinen Hardware Hank in Aitkin, MN, went through a major store expansion that added 4,000 square feet to the 6,000-square-foot original building.
As a part of the expansion, owner Joel Hyytinen expanded his dominant paint department that caters to both DIYers as well as professional paint contractors.
Joel discusses the expansion process:
"What I've seen so far has been phenomenal. United Hardware has been so great to work with."
Solon Springs Hardware - Solon Springs, Wisconsin
After the fire, owners Ken and Meg Thoreson (above) started with clean slate in designing their new store, adding many items beyond their basic core hardlines assortment.
The new Solon Springs Mercantile is 18,000 square feet with a greenhouse that contains outdoor living products such as grills and outdoor furniture.
Meg and Ken talked about United Hardware's role in restoring their business:
"United was involved in the whole process," Meg says. "They have so many services for dealers that we took advantage of. They've been really fabulous to work with."
"What we really like about United Hardware is they allow you to tailor your business to the market you're in and customize it to your needs," Ken says. "It's not a cookie-cutter approach. They helped us rebuild our business based on what we wanted it to be, and we couldn't be happier."
Training & Support
When you become a member of United Hardware, you gain the support of a dedicated and experienced team of experts. Our programs provide you with extensive training to help you market your store and to provide you with the programs, systems and support that will enable you to keep your business running at peak efficiency for years to come.
Click here to see our training and support structure.
Store Purchase Assistance
It's a major undertaking to buy a business and enter into a new way of life. We strive to make the transition from prospective buyer to owners of your own business as comfortable as possible. United Hardware offers a comprehensive program to help you with the entire purchase process.
Click here to learn more about our purchase assistance program.
Current and New Opportunities
We currently have a few stores in select markets for sale. If you're looking for a ground-up store, we have identified markets with high potential. Either of these will give you a sense of current availability and where we see potential.
For more specific inquiries about current and new opportunities, contact Chad Ruth, Vice President of Retail Growth Initiatives.