WOODSTOCK —Morgan’s Ace Hardware has been a landmark of downtown Woodstock for decades, but as demolition looms over the longstanding building in the heart of the downtown district, its new location is up and running.

As demolition looms over the landmark Morgan’s Ace Hardware in the heart of downtown Woodstock, its new location is now up and running.

The new Morgan’s Ace Hardware opened its doors Oct. 4 about one-and-a-half miles north at 7334 Main Street.

While the new building hasn’t yet earned the landmark status of the previous location, owner Lisa Lusk says the new store is bigger and better.

The new building’s footprint is over 10,000 square feet larger, a total of 22,000 square feet, than the former location with expanded warehousing and repair shop space. Lusk said there is also a larger offering of Ace products.

“We still have our parts department and our service department, we still have all the equipment, but it’s definitely expanded,” Lusk said. “That was our intention when we bought it, and it just took a while to get there.”

With a dedicated traffic signal, accessing and exiting the new location is also far easier than navigating downtown Woodstock traffic, Lusk said.

Lusk and her brother, Steven Walls, who also own Ace locations in Marietta and Dallas, purchased Morgan’s Ace from Mike Morgan in 2019. Around that time, the City of Woodstock and Morgan entered a real estate agreement in which the city would take ownership of the former location in downtown Woodstock in exchange for the hardware store’s new site near Ridgewalk Parkway. The new store will be adjacent to a future Woodstock park.

Lusk said since she and her brother purchased the store, it has been in a “perpetual going-to-move” phase. Even with the new location now online, the move is still underway.

“Mike Morgan and his dad built that building in 1978, so there’s almost 43-years-worth of stuff to move,” Lusk said. “We still have pallets to move, outside stuff, records, you never realize just how much is there until you have to move.”

Some familiar aspects of the old store remain, though. Lusk said all employees have made the transition to the new location, and Mike Morgan still owns the new building.

Lusk said the new location is “wide open,” but there are still plans for a grand opening event likely around Thanksgiving.

While Morgan’s settles into its new digs, the former location is set to be demolished early next year.

Woodstock will tear down the building to make way for its city center project, which calls for a parking deck, boutique hotel and office, retail and residential space.

City Manager Jeff Moon previously told the Tribune while demolition work will begin early next year, he does not anticipate new construction on the city center project to begin until 2023.

The former Morgan’s Ace building was constructed in 1978. The business, originally in Canton, moved to Woodstock in 1961 at the corner of Main Street and Church Street, now known as Towne Lake Parkway.

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