Founded in 1896, we are now a fifth-generation, family-owned and operated local hardware store rich in history. We are committed to being "the Helpful Place" by offering our customers knowledgeable advice, helpful service and quality products.  We provide services such as propane refill and exchange, custom paint mixing, screen and window repair, key cutting, a full line greenhouse and many more.  


Historically hardware stores have often been designated " general stores" filling a variety of needs for the community.  In 2016 we grew once again, putting a twist on a modern general store, as "Water Street " opened,  named after the address of our first store in Wilmington, Illinois, in 1896.  It is our goal to provide for our communities a unique selection of inspiring and delightful  items for your home and lifestyle. Perhaps we can once again return to a time when a trip to the hardware store was a family event. 


Our Mission is to provide superior customer service and a fun, positive work environment while supplying high quality products at competitive prices.

Core Values

We live by our Core Values: Noticeably Different – Dedicated to Family and Community – Amaze Every Customer – Work with Passion – Life with Gratitude


At Whitmore Ace Hardware we compare ourselves to the best retail shops in the country and we set our standards high. Our culture is strong and of vital importance to our company. It is founded on 5 core values that we live and work by.  We are committed to ­­­­­being noticeably different from our competitors. We see ourselves as more than just a team, we are a dedicated to family and our community.  We are passionate about helping others and strive to amaze every customer.  We value and feel grateful for the important role we play in the neighborhoods we serve.

Thank you

Thank you so much for shopping with us - your support helps us support our communities.

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