SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday discussed the proposed Ace Hardware store that will be located on the corner of Capitol Road and Galena Road. The store will feature an outdoor selling area for seasonal items, an indoor shop, a 2,000-square-foot shop designated for selling premium cat, dog and bird food, and a 1,000 gallon propane tank for filling grills.
Village Planner Michael Ferencak, and Mark Driscoll, president and CEO at DriBar Ace, LLC, were in attendance to answer questions. Driscoll discussed their plans to open the store and details about the landscaping of the property.
“I am still hoping for a spring opening. We should have the financing in place by Nov. 5,” he said. “As far as landscaping, we would also like to have shrubs in portable planters in front of the building. For the front of the store, my intention is to have it designated as a seasonal spot. For instance, we could sell mums in the fall and replace them with Christmas trees in the holiday season.”
Village Board members expressed opinions about the landscape for the outdoor area.
“As far as planters, I support the planter idea. Maybe, we can soften the building landscape by planting trees in the islands in the parking lot. This would help the customer feel a warm feeling and save the business owner some money,” village trustee Kevin Geary said.
Driscoll expressed excitement over the location’s ability to feature select pet food.
“There is a fantastic opportunity to sell premium pet food in this area,” he said. “Right now, residents have to drive to the nearest Petco or PetSmart located on Randall Road or Orchard Road to purchase premium pet food.”
Village trustee Rick Montalto suggested an idea for the Ace Hardware location.
“You should make it a one-stop shop and include grooming, as well,” he said.
Village Board President Sean Michels verbalized his overall happiness about having an Ace Hardware store in the village.
“The plans for the store look very good,” he said. “We do want great commercial stores in our community.”