The Royall family has owned their Ace hardware shop for more than 40 years. John Royall started the store in the adjacent low-slung building before expanding next door in the 1990s, the store run by the Royall family is still a community staple, rooting itself near the center of the most well-established areas of Mt. Pleasant along Coleman Boulevard at the end of I-526.
As the suburban town continues to grow north, adding big-box home improvement stores every year, it seems, Royall still attracts a local customer base who still stop by for everything from flowers to crab traps. With the exception of 2016 and 2017, Royall Ace Hardware has won Best Hardware Store every year since at least 2010. —Sam Spence
Runner-up: Ace Hardware, James Island
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