About Tennies ACE Hardware & Rental
Serving the West Bend, Kewaskum and Jackson communities, Tennies Ace Hardware is a locally-owned and operated hardware store which offers excellent customer service, convenient locations, and competitive pricing. Our stores are committed to being “The Helpful Place” by offering our customers knowledgeable advice, helpful service, quality products and the ability to special order over 70,000 items. As the dedicated Helpful Hardware Folks in your community, we promise that helping you is our top priority.
Tennies Hardware, Inc. was founded in 1953 by Ben Tennies when he decided to open a hardware store in to help supply his construction business as well as the West Bend community. Herb, his son, ran the store while Ben concentrated on the construction business. The business grew quickly and the store expanded several times before it settled in its current location in Downtown West Bend.
In 1970 Tennies Hardware joined the True Value Corporation. Herb bought the business from his father in 1972 and purchased the former 8,000 sq ft. Jim Handy Hardware Store on the south side of West Bend and converted it to True Value in 1983. Herb’s sons Todd and Terry Tennies joined the business in 1985 and 1986 and the hardware business kept growing. In 1992 the family moved the southside store two blocks south into a leased space of 18,000 sq.ft. in a Westfair Shopping Center.
In 1996, Herb’s son David joined the business and computerized the two store operation. After 28 years with True Value Corporation, a family decision was made to join ACE Hardware Corporation in 2001. The family expanded again in 2003 with a new store 16,000 sq.ft. store in Kewaskum WI. In 2009, the southside store in West Bend was closed due to demolish of the Westfair shopping center and the Tennies Family expanded once again with a new 12,800 sq.ft. store in former Aurora Pharmacy Store in Jackson, WI.