Ann Jones, Connie Jensen, Lori Rubio, Tyler Jeffs, Pat Jones, Mike Jones, Julie Jones, Joel Hatch, Jenene Hansen at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Jones Ace Hardware, re-opening.
Jones Ace Hardware had a grand re-opening celebration recently. They celebrated the remodeling of their store. Pat Jones said they have rearranged everything in the store to make things easier to find and easier to get around.
The check-out stand has been moved to the front of the store and another cash register added to aid in getting customers in and out quickly.
Ace Hardware offers a wide variety of paint and hardware items. There are household appliances and sporting goods.
Plumbing supplies, electrical, lawn and garden products and bedding plants can be found at the store. The store offers a wide variety of lawn mowers, weed eaters and blowers.
At the grand opening the Emery County Business Chamber did a ribbon cutting ceremony for the business and gave the store a plaque to display in their store. Chamber President Julie Jones thanked Pat Jones and all his employees for working hard to be the best store they can be and to serve the citizens of Emery County. She complimented the store on all of the recent improvements and upgrades. Gary Kofford cooked hot dogs for everyone who shopped at Ace that day and there was free drinks and popcorn for everyone.
The Emery County Business Chamber encourages everyone to shop at home whenever possible to keep the tax dollars in our communities.
Pat Jones tells the story of how Jones Ace Hardware came to be. "My great grandfather worked on the LDS temple in Salt Lake City. He stayed there in Salt Lake until its completion. After that he moved to Wellington. His grandfather started a trucking business. The family rented the Whitmore ranch and raised 60 acres of produce which they sold to mining camps in the region. They also grew watermelons. They made a good living and worked hard. His grandfather did all the weeding himself and there wasn't a weed on the whole plot.
He passed his work ethic on to his family. His grandfather started a thrashing business and a lot of his time was spent in Emery County. His grandmother was from Emery County. His grandfather ended up bringing the business to Main Street in Castle Dale. This was in 1936 and they were in the grain business and put in grain handling equipment. Others joined with the business including Jones' dad and uncle. They set up a steam roller which ground feed for cows.
Jones had three brothers, but of them, he was the only one interested in maintaining the family business. When he was just out of college, his dad had health problems and needed help with the business. Jones told his dad he would come back and help if he could put in a hardware store. They tore down an old building and put in a hardware store which has grown into what it is today as they have added several aspects to the original business.
Back then money was hard to come by, but the Helper Bank took a chance and helped with the funding of the business. Jones Ace Hardware was born.
"Our goal was to help our people get hardware here in Emery County. Back then you had to go to Price for everything and we wanted the people of Emery County to be able to shop in Emery County," said Jones.
Jones attributes the success of Ace Hardware to their service and their willingness to invest in Emery County and put their money back into their business. They have a service minded business that caters to the customer and seeing they are taken care of and that they find what they need in a friendly, clean environment. Jones also pointed out they have a liberal return policy for merchandise.
Jones Ace Hardware carries a wide variety of paint, gardening and plant needs, seeds, fishing and hunting supplies, electronics, hardware, appliances, plumbing, heating, electrical and other miscellaneous items. They also sell hunting and fishing licenses. They will mix paint to find the color you want and will offer advice on your home projects.
Jones is proud of his helpful, friendly staff and they want to be your hardware store.
He encourages everyone to come in to see what Jones Ace Hardware has to offer. Jones Ace Hardware is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.