Sunshine Ace Hardware has announced plans to open Ave Maria’s first full-service hardware store in the fast-growing community.

The project will be completed in 2024. The announcement comes just one month after Sunshine Ace held a grand opening celebration for its 12th store at Founders Square in North Naples.

“For 65 years, Sunshine Ace Hardware has grown alongside the community, and as the population moves further inland from the coast, we will proudly join them,” said Sunshine Ace Hardware President Michael Wynn. “If you own a home near Ave Maria or manage a business there, you want the helpful convenience Sunshine Ace Hardware is known for when you need paint, grilling accessories or a home repair item.”

Features at the Ave Maria store will include comprehensive paint and grilling departments, as well as a wide selection of power and hand tools, hardware, lawn and garden supplies, plumbing fixtures, propane and supplies for DIYers.

There are currently just over 4,000 homes in the community with an estimated 11,000 residents. The community has grown exponentially, ranking among the Top 20 Master-Planned Communities in the U.S. In 2022, Ave Maria reported 586 new home sales, placing the development at the top of all planned communities in Collier County. At build-out, the town is expected to include up to 11,000 homes and 1.8 million square feet of retail, office and business park uses across 4,000 acres.

The new store will be located at 5360 Ave Maria Blvd., Unit 110, just north of the Exxon Station and less than a mile from the Town Center.

The additional location will bring Sunshine Ace’s portfolio of retail stores to 15 properties, including:

  • 10 Sunshine Ace Hardware stores in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties.
  • 1 Sunshine Commercial Paint & More store in Collier County.
  • 2 Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware stores in Manatee County.
  • 2 Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets stores in Manatee County.

Additionally, Sunshine Ace has introduced Ace Handyman Services of Southwest Florida across the Southwest Florida market, currently serving Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, as well as Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch. Popular services include home maintenance projects, such as installing wall TVs and ceiling fans, repairing lanai screens, painting, updating cabinets, drywall and general carpentry services.

Sunshine Ace Hardware will announce employment opportunities for the Ave Maria store in mid-2024. Current job opportunities are posted at

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