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Our Staff

You will be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable, courteous and customer oriented staff anywhere.

We have been voted “Best of the Best” Local Hardware store, Paint Store and Best Customer Service for over a dozen years running.

At Nelson Ace Hardware, helping our customers find exactly what they need, quickly and efficiently is our mission. We are proud to take your special orders and we do our very best to find the item or part you need. We also ship via UPS and collect UPS drop off packages for pick up.

Our friendly, helpful staff will make your shopping experience a positive one. You'll find our team is always ready to guide you to what you're looking for and make sure it's the right product for your project. We are ready to give you advice to get your project done quickly and correctly if you want it. We pride ourselves on exceeding our customers' expectations so they return, time and time again.

Meet Bob

Store Owner

Bob has always had a passion for helping people build and maintain their homes and gardens, from working for his family business to starting Nelson Ace Hardware in 1983 with his parents Carroll and Sarah. He now runs Barre’s hardware store with his wife, Linda, which they took over in 1992.

When he is not making sure your backyard is ready for any and everything, he dedicates his time to the people of Central Vermont by serving on the Barre Town SelectBoard, the Barre City Police Advisory Committee and making music with his band, Native Tongue.

Meet Linda

Store Owner

Linda has been involved in Nelson’s since 1992 but has been employed elsewhere until she joined Nelson’s in 2023 as the boss of all things!

Meet Annette

Store Manager

Annette began working at Nelson’s in 1991 and started learning the computer system and back room office functions soon thereafter. Responsibilities continued to progress from there and she became the store manager in 1998. Since the birth of her second child, she is affectionately known as the “Golden Boss.”

Meet Kelly

Sales Floor Manager

Kelly has been at Nelson's Ace for 25 years, the last 15 as Sales Floor Manager. She is also responsible for merchandising and LOVES it when Bob orders new products! She makes sure every person entering Nelson's gets the very best customer service possible!