Ace Hardware, “the helpful place,” celebrated its grand opening Friday morning. The store, one of the largest in the area with over 22,000 square feet for merchandise, has a large selection of paint, gardening supplies, lumber, hardware, patio furniture, barbecue grills and more for Maricopa residents.

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Ace Hardware is celebrating its grand opening this weekend.

Owners Tom Bechtel and Frank Polimene participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Maricopa Mayor Kelly Anderson, Craig Clement, store manager, and his assistant manager, Keith Wilson.

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Cutting the official grand opening ribbon is store manager Craig Clement. Assisting him are (from left) Mayor Kelly Anderson, Assistant Manager Keith Wilson, and co-owners Frank Polimene and Tom Bechtel (with his son Jack).

In addition to free food and drink, giveaways and product demonstrations, the grand opening featured dance performances courtesy of the nearby Maricopa Dance Academy and its owner/instructor Elizabeth Fujimoto. The dance academy, like Ace Hardware, is located in the Cobblestone Fiesta Center.

Entertaining guests and shoppers alike, Kiana Campbell, 10, performed a Scottish Highland dance number. This year Campbell placed sixth in the Western Regional Dance Championships held in Pomona, California; she has been dancing since she was two years old and doing the Highland dance for the past six years.

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Kiana Campbell ready to begin her Highland dance.

Ace Hardware will continue its grand opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11, and again on Sunday when the doors open at 7 a.m.

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