SOURCE: Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware

May 02, 2013 09:05 ET

"Restore Your Outdoors" With Ace Hardware and The Weather Channel® This Summer

Ace Hardware and The Weather Channel Award One Lucky Winner $15,000 in Ace Gift Cards for Outdoor Makeover

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) - Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry, and The Weather Channel announce the launch of "Restore Your Outdoors" -- an initiative pairing the personal, knowledgeable and helpful service that customers have come to expect when shopping at their neighborhood Ace store with the trusted local weather knowledge they depend on from The Weather Channel. As part of this program, beginning this week, homeowners from across the country can enter for a chance to win $15,000 in Ace gift cards.

In addition to the sweepstakes, Ace's alliance with The Weather Channel provides homeowners with the tips and tools they need to complete their outdoor home maintenance tasks. With the help of Ace's Home Expert, Lou Manfredini and Ace's Design Expert, Julie Richard, "Restore Your Outdoors" is designed to provide easy-to-execute suggestions for homes across the country, including how updating and maintaining your outdoor living areas can make your home more inviting, how top brands like Craftsman® products can help you maintain your home, and how to use inspiration from the outdoors when choosing paint colors.

"Many homeowners have a list of home maintenance projects they've thought about, but never taken on, simply because they don't know where to begin," said Manfredini. "Together with The Weather Channel we're able to not only offer one lucky winner the opportunity to update their outdoor space, but also provide our more personal kind of helpful to homeowners across the country."

Throughout May, consumers are invited to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win $15,000 in Ace gift cards. Additionally, each week during the promotion, Ace will be giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner. Official rules and details can be found online on Ace Hardware's Facebook page or The Weather Channel brand's Facebook page.

"With the weather finally starting to warm up, we know people are excited about getting outside and enjoying their outdoor space. The weather forecast is crucial," said Randi Stipes, vice president of client solutions at The Weather Company. "Ace and The Weather Channel both understand the importance of providing the necessary information to consumers to help them make planning decisions, with a little inspiration along the way. The alliance allows us to deliver on our goal to help weather enthusiasts live their best life outdoors, while also helping highlight Ace's commitment to being The Helpful Place in your neighborhood, both inside and outside its store walls."

Throughout the months of May and June, four makeovers hosted by Manfredini and Richard will air on The Weather Channel as well as appear on a "Restore Your Outdoors" tab on Ace and The Weather Channel brand's Facebook pages. For more details and official rules on "Restore Your Outdoors," visit www.facebook.com/acehardware.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS IN ALL 50 STATES AND D.C. WHO ARE 18 YEARS AND OLDER AND HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 p.m. EDT on 5/1/13 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on 5/31/13. Ace gift cards can be used for almost anything at participating Ace stores and use of prize is not restricted to outdoor materials (but your backyard will love you for it). Sponsor: The Weather Channel LLC, 300 Interstate North Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA 30339.

About Ace Hardware
For nearly 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the helpful hardware store in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. With more than 4,600 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 www.acehardware.com.

The Weather Company: Where the World Gets its Weather
Through The Weather Channel, weather.com, Weather Underground, Intellicast.com and third-party publishing partners, the company provides millions of people every day with the world's best weather forecasts, content and data, connecting with them through television, online, mobile and tablet screens. Through WSI and Weather Central, the company delivers superior professional weather services for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. The Weather Company is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.

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