When Matt Woods joined his family business full time in 2011, he became the fourth-generation leader of an establishment that began in 1933. And while basic locks haven’t changed much in the last hundred years, it goes without saying – business has.
The Woods family realized they had an opportunity to carry more household and hardware items. No one else in Over the Rhine was there serving urban dwellers who don’t want to walk far to shop. The shift in offerings proved a success and when Matt joined the team, he and his parents decided to take the hardware aspect of the business to a new level.
The company to be bought, Small’s Hardware, had locations in Lockland, Cheviot, Harrison and Cincinnati’s Roselawn neighborhood. Matt was not only spearheading the acquisition, but also the process of rebranding Acme Lock as Woods Hardware to reflect the family’s larger holdings.