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Local Entrepreneur Named 2019 Young Retailer of the Year

July 8th, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Jacob Hagan, director of store operations for Hagan Ace Hardware, an operation with eight locations across northeastern Florida, has been named one of the independent home improvement industry’s seven 2019 Young Retailer of the Year honorees by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA).

The Young Retailer of the Year program, now in its 23rd year, identifies and promotes the next generation of aspiring independent home improvement retailers. It recognizes individual achievement by industry retailers age 35 and younger throughout the U.S. and Canada. Selected from three separate retail categories, honorees are chosen based on a number of criteria, including professional milestones, community engagement, continuing hardware industry education and extracurricular activities.

Sponsors of the 2019 Young Retailer of the Year program include Channellock Tools, Delta Faucet Company, The Fluidmaster Company, Intertape Polymer Group and Midwest Fastener Corporation.

Today, Jacob operates eight stores with his father, Bill Hagan, throughout northeastern Florida, from Jacksonville to St. Augustine. He says independent home improvement is in his blood. After seeing the responsibilities his father shouldered and the success his hard work brought, Jacob knew from a young age that he wanted to become an independent home improvement retailer.

In March of 2005, Jacob began working at the company’s Hilliard, Florida, location. The father-son team is collaborating on plans for the business’s ninth location and adding new positions to help the company compete on a digital level and expand even further.

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