Sunshine Ace Hardware has announced plans to open a new retail store at Pelican Bay in Naples, just miles from where the company opened its first location 65 years ago.

The new store will occupy about 20,000 square feet of The Marketplace at Pelican Bay, co-anchoring the commercial shopping center with Publix. The space previously was home to Stein Mart, which closed in 2020.

Shoppers at the Pelican Bay store will enjoy separate commercial paint, grilling and fishing departments, as well as a wide selection of power and hand tools, hardware, lawn and garden supplies, plumbing fixtures, propane, gifts and supplies for DIYers.

The store also will feature Sunshine Ace Hardware’s signature Helpful Hub, a customer service desk that provides services such as screen repair, key cutting and color matching, as well as coordinates delivery and assembly for grills, power tools and more.

“Our team has been eyeing this region of North Naples for years, and we are excited about bringing a new store closer to our loyal commercial and residential customers in this area,” said Sunshine Ace Hardware President Michael Wynn. “The response to our newest store at Founders Square has been incredible, and we envision a similar reaction once the Pelican Bay store is officially open.”

Last year, Sunshine Ace Hardware opened a new store at Founders Square, also in North Naples. In August, the locally owned company announced plans to open Ave Maria’s first hardware store in 2024.

Once construction is completed on the Ave Maria and Pelican Bay stores, Sunshine Ace Hardware will have 12 locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as Sunshine Commercial Paint & More in Collier County, two Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware stores in Manatee County and two Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets stores in Manatee County. Sunshine Ace Hardware has also announced plans to build a store in Babcock Ranch and at Winchester Center at the corner of Immokalee Road and Orangetree Boulevard in 2025.

“Although Southwest Florida has certainly changed since the first Sunshine Ace Hardware opened in 1958, our stores are still a place where our community can expect a world-class customer experience and friendly associates who operate under a set of core values that will never change,” Wynn said. “That has been our legacy over the years, and it will continue to define Sunshine Ace Hardware for decades to come.”

The Pelican Bay store is expected to open in early 2025 at 8811 Tamiami Trail North near the southwest corner of U.S. 41 and Vanderbilt Beach Road in North Naples. Employment opportunities and an exact opening date will be announced in the coming months.