By Michelle Caceres


Crossroads Ace Hardware owners Jim Atchison and Tim Gibson have recently acquired Ace Hardware at 1619 Sun City Center Plaza in Sun City Center. Crossroads Ace Hardware now operates three stores in Lithia, Riverview and Sun City Center.

“The new store will serve the project and everyday needs of homeowners and businesses alike,” said Atchison, whose Lithia store has served local shoppers for more than 12 years.

Each Ace Hardware store features an extensive selection of general hardware and building supplies, top-rated Clark + Kensington and Valspar paint. Special services include filling propane tanks, screen repair, knife and lawnmower blade sharpening, assemblies, lamp repair, cord replacement and key cutting.

The 14,000 sq.-ft. Lithia store, located at 10415 S. C.R. 39, also sells feed and pet supplies, guns and sporting goods. Shelves are stocked with liniments, old-fashioned candy, yard stakes, flags, Tervis tumblers and even reading glasses. The 19,000 sq.-ft. Riverview store, located at 13364 Lincoln Rd., offers a Purina feed store and marine products and boasts a drive-thru loading area.

Even though each store is unique they share a common theme.

“What makes our Ace Hardware stores special is the personal service customers receive, starting with a welcome when they walk through the door,” said Atchison. “If customers have questions about a project they’re working on our employees will have answers, and if we don’t have what they’re looking for we’ll get it for them quickly.”

Customer Ron Allen, who owns a construction company, said he appreciates the fact that there’s always an employee available with a friendly smile to help him locate items.

“It also saves time and fuel costs when I can visit the local Ace Hardware and not have to drive to a big-box store,” he said.

Atchison said he is also committed to extending that helpfulness beyond the walls of the stores and into the communities he serves, supporting little leagues and local school organizations, FFA and 4-H.

All three Ace Hardware locations are open seven days a week.

For more information about Crossroads Ace, visit or call 737-9223 (Lithia store), 236-1885 (Riverview store) or 634-5363 (Sun City Center store).

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Michelle Caceres
MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.