Bob and Flo Swanson opened a Gambles Hardware store on Main Street in Webster, WI, in 1967. In the mid-1980s, the store became an Ace Hardware franchise. Bob and Flo retired in the early 1990s and sold the hardware business to Bruce and Lois Rypkema. The Rypkemas ran the store successfully for the next nine years, nearly tripling annual sales during that period.
We (Stefan and Deb Benson) purchased the business in 2002, returning to our hometown area (from the Twin Cities) to raise our family. And with an eye toward expansion that would enable growth by offering a broader inventory, plus more comprehensive repair services and rental equipment. Over time, we added a building and expanded the main retail space. Webster Ace Hardware continues to grow every year, reinvesting aggressively to bring high-quality, national brand products and a focus on customer service. Bringing Benjamin Moore to our market in 2020 provides another premier national brand to our paint selection.