We have another new business to welcome to Brookside—Westlake Ace Hardware at 104 W 63rd St, in the former Tuesday Morning space. Although Ace Hardware is a national chain as a coop owned dealership, Westlake’s is the largest wholly owned and operated dealer for Ace, locally owned and headquartered in Lenexa KS with over 145 stores and 5000 employees. I recently stopped by and looked around the space, and chatted with manager Amber Murfin.
My first question was why Westlake decided on this location. Amber explained “They wanted to try a smaller footprint for a store and have loved the Brookside area for many years and have long looked for a suitable location. And there is so much foot traffic here along 63rd St.” With a smaller store, it will be challenging having a large selection of spring flowers and herbs available for purchase, however Amber plans to offer those popular items. Right now they are stocked up on all kinds of grilling supplies and tools, on display as you walk in. A large selection of regional barbecue sauces and spices just past the entrance is a permanent fixture for the store. Amber also looks forward to changing the window displays every month, going along with the Brookside tradition of enticing passersby via those creative presentations.
Besides the usual hardware store stock of paint (Benjamin Moore here), tools, plumbing and cleaning supplies, etc, Westlake offers key cutting services and key FOB programming, window and screen door repair, Toby Tobin Dyna Green bird seed and yard products, plus glass and plexiglass cutting . They also deliver, and will pick up something from another store they may not have in stock at the Brookside location to get it to the customer. Friendly smiles and an offer to help find particular items greet everyone who walks in the front door.
Amber is very excited to manage this new store. She’s been with Westlake for over twelve years, working her way up from an inventory position, eventually managing three different stores, most recently at the Westport location. She loves teaching and learning, and looks forward to getting to know regular customers and becoming part of the Brookside/Waldo neighborhood. She remarked, “I’d like to say a big thank you to the community here. Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive”.