Friday, March 29, 2013

Winter, Winter Go AWAY!

It wasn't that long ago, when you looked out our front door all you could see was SNOW. Now I understand we live in Minnesota so snow is common. However, we were so spoiled last year with the super short winter, early spring, and hot summer. March is one of those months that can go either way. This year I would have just liked to see some grass before Easter. This also doesn't quite help the fertilizer sales either.

At Pellicci Ace Hardware, our number one seller is the Scotts 4-step fertilizer. You will notice in the picture below, that we have the snap easy to use spreader that has the fertilizer bags all ready to go and super easy to use. We also have the 'good ol' fashion fertilizer bags. Both options are awesome because you are using great products. But if you know a whole lot about fertilizer you know that our window for step 1 is slowly closing. Here is a little information about Scotts 4-Step Lawn Fertilizer:

Step 1: Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food
Early Spring
You have to wait till the snow is melted and the ground has thawed
Prevents Crabgrass and 8 other problem weeds
Builds thick, green lawns from the roots up
Apply before temperatures are regularly in the 80s around the first time you mow your grass

Step 2: Weed Control Plus Lawn Food
Late Spring
Kills dandelions and other labeled broadleaf weeds
Builds thick green turf from the roots up
Apply in late spring when weeds are beginning to grow
Apply to wet lawn

Step 3: Lawn Food with 2% Iron
Apply anytime for great green up
Feeds and strengthens lawns against heat and drought
Won't burn lawn-GUARANTEED!
Kid and pet friendly when used as directed!

Step 4: Fall Lawn Food
Early Fall
Builds stronger, deeper roots for winter to see a thicker, greener lawn next spring
Fall is the best time to feed your lawn
For your best lawn, feed once in early fall and 6-8 weeks later

We wish you the best! Come to Pellicci Ace Hardware to learn more from our knowledgeable staff!

Happy Friday!
~Pellicci Ace Hardware

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Visit us every 3rd Thursday of the Month from 5-7pm for Ladies Night. We will post what is new every month on our Twitter (@Pellicci_Ace) and Facebook page (Pellicci Ace Hardware-Farmington)

Thursday, January. 17th
Thursday, February 21st
Thursday, March 21st
Thursday, April 18th
Thursday, May 16th
Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, July 18th
Thursday, August 15
Thursday, September 19th
Thursday, October 17th
***Thursday, November 7th
Thursday, December 19th

Contact Info.:
Pellicci Ace Hardware
3560 213th Street West
Farmington, MN  55024
*Amanda is the contact for ladies night at this location. You can call with any questions at 651.463.4777*

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Being Your PlACE To Go

How are you making a name for yourself? Are you a store front? Are you independent or a franchise? How do you get customers in the door?
Increasing customer count. Sound easy? Well, if you can find the trick to doing this please fill me in! I have found it difficult to reach everyone in a way where I don’t have to “give up the farm” or offer a coupon. It is easy to have the customer come in for the “free item” or the “coupon” now keep those customers as lifelong customers-it shows its difficulty. It may not be easy but there are some things that have worked.

Host an event: I had a grand re-opening that proved to be a great idea. I had so many customers in the store I couldn’t walk from one end of the store to the other. I had so many great one day deals, giveaways, and coupons that if you weren’t there, you missed out! Has it increased our customer count? Yes! It was great! It got our name out there and told the town that we are here to help. “Nobody gets a second chance at a first impression”-that was the motto at the event. I told my employees how I expected this day to go. I showed my confidence about this event and I ASKED FOR HELP! You can’t do it by yourself. You need people; you need help-ask for it.

Direct mail: I love direct mail. Why? Well, when you send mail out to your customers, you are getting your name in people’s hands. They have to at least look at it before they potentially throw it away. So make it a bright color (ie. Yellow! It nearly screams at you). Next, have an offer they can’t refuse. I have found that $5 off a $20 or $25 purchase is great! Even if you see 2% come back, they came in! Again, it may be their first time in the store so remember “Nobody gets a second chance at a first impression”. This can be expensive but there are plenty of options in marketing this way.

Make a Change: Unfortunately, it took us to move locations to get the pot to start to stir. We have had amazing increases in visibility and customer count. It has been the best thing we could have done. Now that comes with risk. We could have discovered it was the worst thing for our business, but fortunately it worked for us. Now it doesn’t have to be a move of location to start the pot stirring. Change the store. Put something out front, switch your layout, change the aisles, or start making little changes looking for people to notice a change. You won’t be sorry and neither will the customers, they will start to get excited for the next change.
Social Media: We are in that era where social media is the biggest way to reach a large audience. Just think about the internet for a minute. It is so vast that you wouldn’t even begin to think about how many options you have to reach people. Now I understand you can’t do it all! Trust me I don’t. I started by picking 2. I chose facebook and Twitter. I knew those, I used those, I understood those. That is the biggest challenge. Don’t join a social media that you don’t either use yourself or understand. It won’t work like you need it to. If you can’t choose 2 choose 1. That is ok just pick one. If you like to write like me, blog! It is actually pretty therapeutic. Facebook and twitter are nice for pictures and deals; blogging is nice for informational purposes or issues you may be having; pinterest is nice for getting clicks to your website; youtube is nice for “how-to” videos or video blogs. That is just to give you a few options. I know there are a ton of other avenues you can try! Start small and grow!

Just a few ideas to start with. Develop a plan, ask for help, and be great!

Best Wishes for a growing business!
Pellicci Ace Hardware

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Live Local, Shop Local, Be Local

What does it mean to Live, Shop, and Be local? Well, it is something that I have found to be not as common as a business owner would have hoped. It may be hard to explain for some but for me it mean to support the town you live in by shopping, buying, and celebrating those who support you. Now you may wonder how your local businesses have supported you. How have they given back to me when it feels like I only give to them? Well, have you every had a child, sibling, parent, or maybe yourself asked for a donation for a fundraiser of any type? Who do you go to first? Your local businesses. They are always there to consider any donation that is a good cause because trust me, we get donation requests daily.

Here is the only thing about donations that I feel doesn't work. When being asked for a large donation from a local organization, it is hard to turn down however it is also hard to fulfill. We do everything we can to make it work but sometimes it just isn't in the budget. That doesn't mean that we won't give a price break or help you find a way to make it work. All we ask is that the business stays in town. It can be very difficult to compete with the big box stores. So why do it? When you live in a town like ours, with no big boxes, no fighting over who will get more business, you learn to appreciate those who support you and learn to educate those who don't.

You may see an ad that shows a big box is $.10-$5.00 (in some cases) cheaper than your local business. But lets break down that difference. Right now gas is over $3.00 a gallon. You could argue that it won't take a full gallon to get to the big guys but it will take some. It will also take time to drive there. I know we are about 10-15 min. away from a big box here. That is about 20-30 min. total. Not to mention when you are that large, it may be convenient to get all your items at one store but how long does it take you to find everything on your list? I can honestly say I did a test. I won't name any names here but facts are facts.

Looking for a particular item at a local business usually goes as such:
1. I walked in the door- I am greeted by somebody, either the person that will walk me right to the place with the item I am looking for or just a friendly face that will get me a person to help.

2. I am taken right to the item(s) I am looking for and also suggested other items to go with the product I am looking for.

3. If my item is not there, I am told they can get it within 2-3 days.

4. I am thanked for coming into the store and I am told they appreciate me choosing to shop local.

Looking for a particular item at a big box has been tested to go as such:
1. I walk in and am a bit intimidated by the size but think it will  be nice to get everything on my list...if I can find it.

2. I am searching around the store to find my "widget" looking at any sales associate that will look my way but for some reason they are all looking at me then looking away...

3. I finally "interrupt" someone from their talk with another employee by asking where to find the widget...I am given the finger...(pointing to the location where I may find it on my own!)

4. Still can't find it because, as it may surprise that employee, I don't work there.

5. Finally but another employee that takes a deep *sign* to show me where the product is because I should have known when I was given the finger.

6. I get my part, check out, leave, go home, realize...I need another part.

Was it worth it? Not to me.

Shopping local is a lifestyle change and We small business owners understand that. However, I ask you to give it a shot. Try it for one week. Even those things you think you can't get at a hardware store, try it. If it wasn't worth it or didn't work, please comment and let me know.

Best of Luck and We Appreciate you shopping local!

Pellicci Ace Hardware

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas Shopping!

Christmas Shopping, one of those things that can either be SUPER stressful or a fun and exciting time of year. Most choose to go to the mall for their annual shopping trip for that special someone that is either hard to buy for or has it all. Ever thought a hardware store would have what you are looking for? Well, that is where we come in. I am sure you have heard "Ace is the Place", but have you ever tested it out? Did you know we have thousands of items in our warehouse and we get orders in on Tuesdays AND Fridays? WE DO!

It all starts with the After Thanksgiving Sale. The crazy rush to get those items that only go on sale that one Black day! Unfortunately (maybe), Ace is an after thought. But why? Maybe because we don't have what "the big box guys" have? And that is the truth. Why? Well, because we choose to have a home town feel, we choose to have hot cider, cookies, coffee, and popcorn. We aren't into the mad rush and knocking people over to get an item that you think is only going to be available to the first 10 customers. Here is the difference: At Pellicci Ace Hardware, we are here to help you plus we are probably less than 5 minutes away from your house. We are here to walk you down every aisle finding that perfect gift for mom, dad, husband,wife, grandma, grandpa, daughter, son, boyfriend, or girlfriend. We are here to give you advice, give you that awesome idea for your hard to buy special someone. It is not about the hustle and bustle here, it's about an enjoyable time of year spent with family and friends. Let us make your spirit's bright!

Have you heard of Small Business Saturday? The day AFTER Black Friday. It's the day that us "little guys" get a chance to shine. It is a day that our hometown feel and small stores get recognized. Now you may be thinking that we are not a small business, that we are a chain of stores spread out all over, but that is not true. Did you know that the Pelliccis have been in Farmington over 60 years? Did you know the owners and owner's children graduated from FHS? We are locally owned and operated- Now that is a true local small business. So please support us like we support you! Stop by Saturday, Nov. 24, make a purchase to show your support. Plus it's not so bad getting a kick back from American Express for using your card at our store!

Have a different thought about your shopping now? Give us a shot and let us know how we can help you!

Thank you for supporting local and Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Who are the Pelliccis?

Pellicci Ace Hardware - proud to be your local, family owned, and operated hardware store!

This is the Pellicci Family. All started with Barb and Ferro Pellicci who had 5 children: (Oldest to Youngest) John, Mark, Mike, Joy, and Jena. Who continued to grow the family with 13 grandchildren (Oldest to Youngest) Amanda, Lauren, Andrea, Jenna, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Jake, Sam, Rachel, Alex, Matthew, David, and Dylan. A few of the family members work at each of the stores Farmington and Eagan. 

Since 1994, 18 years ago, we have been giving Farmington, MN a new way to look at hardware stores. We pride ourselves on giving the best customer service around. We were named #1 in customer service by J.D. Power and Associate's for the 6th year in a row! Which we couldn't be more excited about!
Our stores are shopper friendly, great selection, and helpful people. We are here to help you get whatever project or shopping needs checked off your list! 

  We offer top of the line products every day of the year including stunning Weber grills, Big Green Egg, always reliable Toro lawn mowers and snow blowers, dependable Echo chainsaws and weed whips, beautiful Benjamin Moore and ACE paints, and many more!  We have a wide variety of services available as well; rental equipment, screen repair, blade sharpening, and small engine tune ups and repair. We also have a warehouse full of items we can order special for you, no extra cost! Our deliveries come in on Tuesdays and Fridays!

Pellicci ACE is the place you can count on
for all your hardware needs.

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