Bibens Home Center, the first Bibens Ace location, was founded in Springfield, VT in 1949 by Eric R. Bibens, a builder of fine homes. In 1972, he decided to expand the retail store to 6,500 sq. ft. and close the construction division. The store was a member of the Service Star Hardware co-op until 1982 when the current owner, Eric R. Bibens II, purchased the business from his father and converted it to the Ace Hardware brand. In 1986, the original property was sold, re-opening in a newly constructed 18,000 sq. ft building with 12,500 sq. ft retail space which remains in operation today.
Our second location, Bibens Lakeshore Hardware & Marine (now known as Bibens Ace Colchester) was purchased in August of 2000. This store, located in Colchester, Vermont was a 10,000 sq. ft. True Value store that was converted to the Ace Hardware banner. We offer all nine departments of Ace Hardware as well as a wide range of hunting, fishing, and marine items complete with live bait and Vermont State fishing and hunting licenses.
In August of 2002, Bibens Ace expanded into South Burlington, VT to develop a new 14,000 sq. ft. Ace store, known as Bibens Ace South Burlington. This store is the largest of our stores and opened on November 11, 2002 to offer the full line of Ace Hardware products, along with convenience and above-and-beyond service unique to our stores.
In January 2006, Hills True Value Hardware was purchased and renamed Bibens Ace Burlington. This 8,900 sq. ft store offers all standard Ace Hardware departments as well as an extensive line of lawn and garden, everyday housewares, and a wide assortment of seasonal plants.
Bibens Ace Essex was built from the ground up and started operation in April 2008. The Essex store is approximately 10,000 sq. ft and is located within the outlet shopping center in Essex Center. We continue to offer all standard Ace Hardware departments as well as the same convenience and superior customer service of all of our locations.
On October 1st, 2013 we acquired Brown & Roberts in downtown Brattleboro, VT. Brown & Roberts, a family owned and operated business and longtime friend of the community, is your quintessential Vermont hardware store. Spanning three different levels of wood covered floors, the store has a total of 9,000 square feet of retail space. Brown & Roberts is known for their large variety of products; the depth of their inventory is impressive. We are proud to have been able to add them to our chain of family owned Ace Hardware stores in Vermont.
What sets us apart from the big-box retailers? We listen to our customers every day on the items they need or request. Through the backing of our distribution center with over 65,000 items and our four sister stores, we go out of our way to accommodate our customers’ needs. We’re our own buyers and we can get items here within a week, if not sooner. Few other retailers can match that combination. We’re happy to help you in any way we can, continuing the tradition of the helpful place with a family face.