ACE Hardware, one of the leading hardware stores in the United States, opened its first franchise in the Philippines at SM Southmall, Las Pinas, Metro Manila, 17 years ago. ACE Hardware had one purpose: to bring to the Philippine market the ultimate one-stop-shop for the latest solutions for home improvement. There are 40,000 home improvement solutions found in ACE Hardware. ACE Hardware is an affiliate of SM Group of Companies. Since its inception in 1997, ACE Hardware has grown to become one of the country's leading home hardware chains with 111 ACE Hardware branches nationwide and has now expanded with three ACE Builders Centers and still growing.