Tom Richert: An entrepreneur who doesn't stop | June 29, 2012 | Pleasanton Weekly | |

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Column - June 29, 2012

Tom Richert: An entrepreneur who doesn't stop

by Jeb Bing

It's quite a stretch from the tony venture capital investors' office along Page Mill Road in Palo Alto to a lumberyard in Pleasanton, but Tom Richert made that move in 1976 and is today one of Pleasanton's most successful entrepreneurs. Now, 36 years later, he has enlarged his prominent corner business at Sunol Boulevard and Valley Avenue to a 15,000-square-foot hardware store under the nationally known Ace Hardware brand name. A walk through the spacious store Wednesday where Tom and his son and partner Matt were working with the rest of the staff to sort some of the 50,000 pieces of inventory now being sold at Richert Lumber (yes, the name continues) shows what a daunting task running a modern-day hardware store can be.

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