Annie’s Ace Hardware Partners with the Menkiti Group to Open in Brookland

WASHINGTON – Annie’s Ace Hardware and the Menkiti Group today announced a strategic partnership to bring Annie’s Hardware to Brookland. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland is expected to open in the Fall of 2015 at 3405 8th Street Northeast, sharing the upstairs portion of the Menkiti Group’s Brookland headquarters with Excel Pilates.

The 7,400 square-foot Brookland store will be packed with thousands of essential products and supplies from the most respected brand names and best-selling items in the home improvement marketplace, including Benjamin Moore paints, Weber Grills, Mrs. Myer’s earth-friendly cleaning products, a complete line of canning supplies, Craftsman tools, and other premium products.  Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will also offer key cutting, screen repair, glass and Plexiglas cutting, and propane exchange. For the neighborhood’s active gardening community, the store will include a 1,000 square foot garden center adjacent to the main building, which will feature native plants.

Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be the second location for Anne Stom’s popular neighborhood hardware store; the first location has operated successfully in the Petworth neighborhood since 2012.  “Our mission is to provide customers with convenience combined with superior service through one-on-one expert advice and assistance,” said Stom. “We are committed to becoming a helpful and valuable neighbor to the Brookland community, both inside and outside the walls of our store.”

Bo Menkiti, the CEO and Founder of the Menkiti Group which owns and co-occupies the 20,000 square foot building that will house Annie’s Hardware-Brookland stated, “We are thrilled to have Annie’s Hardware as a tenant and neighbor. Anne is a proven, award-winning operator who shares our philosophy and commitment to vibrant grass-roots neighborhood development.”

Thomas Vedrody, the current Manager of the Annie’s Hardware-Petworth, will manage and co-own the new store.  “I’m genuinely excited by the opportunity to run a high-quality, customer-focused store,” said Vedrody. This focus extends from working with customers to supply products specific to their needs such as rain barrels and composters, to hiring local residents from the neighborhood.

Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland Info:

Expected Opening: Fall 2015

Anticipated Store Hours:  Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address:  3405 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017, just south of Monroe Street Market

Access: Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be a short walk from the Brookland Metro station on the Red Line and near several bus lines.  The store will have seven dedicated parking spots.


Ace Hardware. For 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2014, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Eight Years in a Row,” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,850 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit

The Menkiti Group is a real estate services company dedicated to transforming lives and communities in the Washington D.C. area. The Menkiti Group is focused on strengthening neighborhoods through the strategic development, management, and sale of real estate in urban markets.

Contact: Stephanie Liotta-Atkinson

The Menkiti Group


Contact: Anne Stom

Annie’s Ace Hardware