By Todd Wessell | on April 21, 2020

A husband and wife plan to open a new hardware store on Lee Street in Des Plaines and they are asking the city for a $100,000 grant to help.

Aldermen Monday night approved the proposed grant and in doing so to waive the city’s provision that limits Business Assistance sums to $10,000. The council meeting will not be open to the public in city hall, but conducted virtually via computer.

Raffaelo and Jackie Cianfaglione recently filed with the city the grant application to locate an Ace Hardware Store at 1175 Lee St., which formerly housed Lee Auto Parts. 

Currently, the couple operates the Norridge Ace Hardware on Lawrence Avenue. They want to increase the number of stores they operate to two and to do so would require extensive interior remodeling work. One of the projects calls for demolition of a large wall inside the building that divided the former retail portion and the warehouse section of the auto parts store. In addition, plans call for installation of new partition walls, new permanent store fixtures, and lighting, flooring and bathroom improvements.

In its application to the city, work is slated to start on May 1 and be completed by Sept. 1.

CREDIT Todd Wessell