Lee County Limelight | Sunshine Ace Hardware

Sunshine Ace Hardware is one of the largest family-owned and operated home improvement and outdoor recreation retailers in Southwest Florida. For 60 years, we’ve served the community with a one-of-a-kind retail shopping experience focused on customer service. Our associates are best known for building strong relationships and going above and beyond to help solve any home repair or maintenance issue or to simply guide customers to the right tool for the job.


What is your primary product or service?

We are best known for our knowledgeable, red-vested heroes who guide residential customers through various projects with the help of a wide selection of premium brand products and in-home services. We carry quality brands such as Benjamin Moore paints, Scotts lawn and garden products, Craftsman tools, and more, as well as offer a variety of products including plumbing, hardware, electrical supplies, houseware, paint and painting supplies. We also offer a range of professional in-home support services such as rod-tip repair, screen, glass and equipment repairs. You name the project, we’ll help make it happen.


 What do you think makes Lee County a special place to do business?

What truly sets Lee County apart when it comes to conducting business is the true sense of partnership. Businesses throughout Lee County make connections daily, continuously finding new ways to make the community a better place to live and do business. It’s the extensive community involvement and commitment to giving back that makes Lee County a special place to do business, and local businesses and residents are eager to come together to make a difference within the community. Many Lee County businesses hold recurrent fundraising events in support of organizations and causes they are passionate about, and the success of these events are made possible through the generosity of the community. Businesses with a strong corporate responsibility program and a desire to give back to the community will surely be pleased with the support that Lee County offers.


Why did you choose to start a business in Lee County?

In 1958, Don Wynn founded Sunshine Ace Hardware in Naples with a desire to offer a retail experience that is like no other, focused uniquely on exceptional customer service while offering a wide selection of premium brands at competitive prices. As Lee County contined to grow and develop over the years, we recognized its potential for continued growth and knew it was something we wanted to be a part of. This led to our expansion to Lee County in 1971 with the opening of our Bonita Springs store, and then our second Lee County store in Fort Myers in 1999.


Over the last few decades, Lee County has seen a growth in new residents, businesses and tourists. We joined the community with the same mindset, to build strong relationships and serve residential and commercial clients with legendary customer service and premium products and offerings. Lee County has been a great home to us over the years, and we are proud to serve our neighbors through our Bonita Springs and Fort Myers locations.


Who is your target market/audience?

We serve residential customers with premium products and services to assist with home repair, maintenance issues and DIY projects. Grill masters, beach-goers and professional and amateur fishing enthusiasts will find exactly what they need at their local Sunshine Ace Hardware location as well. We have a selection of outdoor living and fishing products including grills, charcoal, propane, beach chairs, pool care supplies, rods, reels, lures and bait. We offer quality outdoor living brands such as Yeti, Costa, Penn, Big Green Egg, Weber and more. In addition to serving residential clients, Sunshine Ace services commercial accounts, with flexible options to support contractors and business owners in managing and growing their business.


What are your favorite parts of living in Lee County?

Lee County offers residents countless ways to make new memories in the great outdoors. From amazing beach parks like Bowman’s Beach or San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve to great locations for fishing like Matanzas Bridge Fishing Pier, there isn’t a shortage of opportunities to take advantage of all the beauty that Southwest Florida has to offer. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the supplies they need to make the most of their days in Lee County.


What is your perfect 24 hours in Lee County? What would you do?

At Sunshine Ace Hardware, we love helping customers bring their projects from dream to reality. A perfect day in Lee County would center around instilling our customers with the tools and knowledge they need to enjoy the best of Southwest Florida. Whether that’s helping build your dream backyard oasis for weekend barbecues or readying your tacklebox for a day of fishing, we’re here to help guide you along the journey. As a family-owned business, our team strives to be more than a great hardware store, we consider you to be an extension of our family. We can’t think of a better way to spend our days!


In your opinion, what makes Lee County’s business community special?

With a 60-year history in Southwest Florida, we’ve seen how much Lee County businesses care about the overall success of the community and their dedication to building a better place to live and work. There is truly a sense of community in Lee County, and we love to see business leaders and professionals collaborating on events, projects and campaigns that directly support the success and prosperity of Lee County and its residents. Over the years, we have been fortunate to partner with countless local charities and causes, including Uncommon Friends Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Habitat for Humanity and many more. It was through the support of Lee County and the entire Southwest Florida community, as well as our associates, that Sunshine Ace Hardware was recently able to raise $60,000 in support of MDA and $25,000 to benefit five nonprofit organizations through a partnership with Farm City BBQ in result of the EGGfest event. These partnerships wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for a community that encourages collaboration and philanthropy. 


What is the biggest benefit to locating your business here?

Lee County is continuing to grow and new residents and businesses are joining the community at an accelerated rate. This growth can be attributed to the great attractions that Lee County has, but also to resources that support the continuous growth and expansion of the area – The Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Lee County Sports Development and Lee County Economic Development Office. Business leaders looking for a location for their new startup or to expand their existing operations will see that this county offers valuable resources to local businesses, from professional associations to ample networking events and much more. Lee County is a special place to conduct business, and we believe that its resources play a key role in business success. 

What is the most exciting thing you see happening in your industry?

As more young families begin to purchase homes, and with the ever-growing popularity of social media and its ability to teach us new skills, we have seen a surge in DIYers. This is an exciting shift for the home improvement industry, providing an opportunity for stores like Sunshine Ace Hardware to help new DIYers bring their projects to life. When taking on a new project, homeowners can benefit greatly by having knowledgeable associates guide them along their home improvement journey or to point them to the right tools for the job, and we live to do just that.


Why do you stay in Lee County?

Sunshine Ace Hardware is committed to serving residential and commercial customers in Lee County and throughout Southwest Florida. With two Lee County locations in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, we are dedicated to serving residents with the best in the hardware industry, offering exceptional customer service, premium products and services, and giving back to the community in which we serve. Local customers have truly been so supportive of our company. Whether participating in our annual Shamrock program that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southwest Florida (MDA) or joining us for our first-ever Big Green EGGfest, the community continues to stand behind us and assist us in making Lee County a better place to live and work. It was through the support of Lee County and the entire Southwest Florida community, as well as our associates, that Sunshine Ace Hardware was recently able to raise $60,000 in support of MDA and $25,000 to benefit five nonprofit organizations through a partnership with Farm City BBQ in result of the EGGfest event. These are just a few examples of how this community continuously supports local businesses efforts to give back. We look forward to continuing to be a resource for Lee County residents and a valued partner in the growth of our community.  


Anything else to add?

Sunshine Ace Hardware is also a great resource for local businesses. As the business community continues to grow and evolve, we want to offer local companies greater support, utilizing our reputable customer service to create a concierge service specially designed for the business community. We offer a Sunshine Ace Commercial program that is dedicated to providing local companies with bright solutions to their ongoing business needs including housekeeping and maintenance supplies, office supplies, hardware, power equipment, paint and much more.

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