Local store offers school supplies, no need to drive out of town

Dorothy and Ken Kriebel Jr. stand next to the wide selection of supplies for the upcoming school year. The class lists are available behind the counter. Ton Winter/Record-Times

WHEATLAND – With the first day of school just around the corner and the recent closing of Shopko, parents may be thinking about heading out of town for school supplies. But before you pay for the gas to get you down to Cheyenne, why not head to Ace Hardware in Wheatland instead?
Ace owners Ken and Dorothy Kriebel in an effort to fill a service in our community, has stocked all the school supplies required by Platte County School District No. 1. Individual supply lists for grades and teachers are located behind the counter all anyone needs to do is ask for them. They are just waiting for the arrival of three more items to have the complete assortment.
“Before Shopko closed we carried office supplies and just a smattering of school supplies,” explained Dorothy. “But now that Ace has teamed up with Office Depot, we are able to have a much larger selection.”  
There are several different colors available for pencil boxes/pouches and backpacks and Crayola brand crayons and colored markers. Binders, folders and even flash cards are available.
Business has been busier in the last few weeks and they are working to stock their shelves with more of a variety of items to meet the needs of the community. Their bicycle repair section is much larger and they have a selection of Melissa and Doug toys. They are more than happy to order anything and can get most things in a week or so.
Wyoming is littered with ghost towns and businesses in the smaller towns are struggling to compete with online shopping and big box stores in the larger cities. Wheatland is a wonderful community to live and will only remain that way if residents patronize our local merchants. Save gas and time – shop local.

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