MANKATO — The Arrow Ace Hardware store on Mankato's hilltop is closing.

The store opened nearly 10 years ago in the Belle Mar Center at 201 North Victory Drive.

Dave Nieman and family own several stores. 

The Mankato store was the ninth Ace hardware store opened by the family in southern Minnesota, and one of its largest. Nieman started in St. Peter with the Arrow Ace Hardware store.

They started a store closing sale this week.

While big-box retailers Home Depot, Menards and Lowe's are powerhouses in the industry, the Ace Hardware Corporation remains a giant. The world’s largest hardware cooperative announced last year that its global store count had exceeded 5,000 locations.

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