in Platte City
A new home/hardware store has opened its doors to bring
a wide variety of products and services to the surrounding
area of Platte City.
The new 28,000-square-foot Running Horse Ranch and Home
Ace Hardware, located at 2601 Running Horse Road, welcomed
its first customers Saturday.
Customers turned out from across the area to see what
the store would be offering. According to Rick Clark,
general manager/owner, the store will offer its customers
a wide variety of services from small engine service,
tire repair and installation, a full-line of Purina feed
products for pets, cattle and horses, a large auto selection,
lawn and garden products and a clothing department.
"We're glad to see the store finally open and realized,"
said Clark. "I've had a lot of calls from residents
in surrounding areas like Kearney, Smithville and St.
Joseph, regarding our services. I think the opening of
our store is going to be a good draw for the community."
Clark stated that one market the store is focusing on
is the sales of the Purina feed line due to the large
number of horses in the area and the lack of retailers
who may provide such a service for that clientele.
While the Purina feed line currently isn't in place,
Clark said he is expecting the service to be available
to customers by the end of next week.
Currently the store is operating under specific hours
to serve as training for its employees. Permanent hours
are expected to be in place within a week or two. Clark
stated a grand opening date is also expected in the near
future for the site.