Rommel’s Ace is part of Rommel Holdings, Inc., a mid-sized holding company located in Fruitland, MD. Rommel Holdings has owned and operated a variety of businesses dating back to the 1950’s. Operation of Ace Hardware stores began with a single unit in Ocean City, MD in 1995. An acquisition of another Ace operator greatly expanded the number of locations in the late 1990’s. A new store soon followed in Cambridge, MD.
In late 2004, Rommel Holdings opened the Dover, DE Ace Hardware store. In 2005 it opened its first Virginia Ace store in Exmore, VA. In the fall of 2006, the Perry Hall, MD Ace store opened just north of Baltimore. In early 2009, Rommel’s Ace opened its second Virginia location when it transformed Parks Hardware in Chincoteague, VA, into Rommel’s Ace Hardware.
In the summer of 2015, Rommel Holdings purchased Survival Products in Salisbury, MD. Survival Products is the area’s leader in pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, and paddlesports products.
Today the company consists of eleven Ace Hardware stores, located from Baltimore to Ocean City, MD., Survival Products, and several commercial properties. Rommel Holdings employs approximately 240 people in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.