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True Value is a wholesaler and retailer with a focus on hardware. Among the retail store chains owned by True Value are:

  • True Value (hardware and home center stores)
  • Grand Rental Station
  • Party Central
  • Taylor Rental (equipment band party rental)
  • Induserve Supply (commercial supplies)
  • Home and Garden Showplace (nursery and garden center)

This wholesaler company has got approximately 2,500 associates in 60 countries where its headquarters are located in O’Hare near Chicago.

The History of the Company

The company has been founded 73 years ago by John Cotter as Cotter and Company. It originally had 12 stores. Starting out as a cooperative owned by retailers in 1948, the cooperative has been acquired by ACON Invest in 2018. 

The reason why ACON purchased True Value is due to its losses. During a 1999 audit, irregularities of about $100 million were uncovered. Most of the discrepancies occurred during the merger of Cotter and Company and TruServ. After the auditing and recorded losses, a good number of their hardware stores joined ACE HARDWARE.

What the Company Does

True Value Company has its manufacturing plant known as General Paint and Manufacturing (GPM) and it also manufactures paint for several other brands. The GPM was founded in 1922, however, it started operating in 1976. It manufactured latex paints, oil-based paints, and aerosols, producing close to 7.3 million gallons. Later on, the company started manufacturing cleaning chemicals.

Having established its footprint in paint, the company ventured into the home and garden niche. Up to this date, True Value operates over 260 home and garden stores in the United States. The enterprise has also established its presence in the service industry, including maintenance and repair. True Value retailers provide industrial services and products to small businesses, major institutions, universities as well as government offices.

True Value's Green Thumb, Master Electrician, and Master Plumber are some of the brands that have been chosen by True Value stores to become house brands. 

Location, Size, Mission, and Vision

True Value has its headquarters in Chicago, serving over 4300  stores in the US. Under the management of CEO Chris Kempa, the company became one of the largest global retailers and wholesalers of hardline goods. The wholesale chain reported the record number of retail sales exceeding 4.94 billion USD in 2019 alone.

True Value embraces personal and professional growth. It also recognizes the diverse cultures and perspectives of its employees. The company offers competitive compensation and is committed to volunteerism and community outreach. True Value Easycare Ultra-Premium Acrylic latex paint has earned the Asthma and Allergy Friendly Certificate. 

Apart from going to the stores, True Value has eCommerce stores at and True Value


This reputable and long-standing chain retailer sells household tools, service and maintenance supplies, gardening tools and supplies, and a lot more in its numerous family-run or independently owned over 4,500 locations. During its long history, the company has proven its dedication to independence and commitment to retail excellence. 

Typical Hours of Operation

Mo 8:00 - 20:00
Tu 8:00 - 20:00
We 8:00 - 20:00
Th 8:00 - 20:00
Fr 8:00 - 20:00
Sa 8:00 - 15:00
Su 9:00 - 17:00

Locations: 330 locations in 46 states and 291 cities.


  • Building Materials
  • Hardware Stores
  • Garden Centers
  • Lawn & Garden Equipment & Supplies

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