The Metzger family is bringing more than 100 years of hardware and retail experience to Kent this spring.

A.J. and Elliott Metzger will manage the University Plaza Ace Hardware store slated to open in May, following in the footsteps of their father, Art Metzger, as well as their uncles. They currently manage a store in the Wallhaven neighborhood in Akron.

“I’m fourth-generation,” said Art. “We’ve been in business since 1874. A.J. and Elliott will be the fifth generation. I’m getting close to retirement. I’m doing this for the kids, trying to set them up.”

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