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Joda Pyle plans "eclectic, urban" vibe for Speier Ace Hardware

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Speier Ace Hardware, at 992 Barret Ave., has a new owner after remaining in the same family since opening in 1944.

Joda Pyle, an actor originally from Louisville, bought the business and real estate from Kevin Katz on Monday for an undisclosed price. Pyle's company Goomby Ltd. bought Speier Ace Hardware Co. Inc. in a private transaction, Pyle and Katz confirmed.

Pyle, 32, said he plans to remodel the hardware store and give it an “eclectic urban-street-skater vibe” by selling skateboards and acrylic paints for graffiti artists. He acknowledged that sounds a little “wild and nuts.”

He also plans to increase the store's supply of lumber.

Pyle said his company Goomby makes skateboards and produces TV and film, and the hardware store purchase will “really build on the conglomerate of what Goomby is.”

Pyle said it's his first foray back into a community role in Louisville since an art gallery he opened fizzled, resulting in a blistering story in LEO Weekly.

“I came into Louisville strong, and Louisville didn't take well to that,” Pyle said. 

Pyle said the store will remain open during the remodel, which will take six months to a year. He plans to keep the nostalgic Speier Hardware sign that hangs over the building. 

Katz said he and his late first wife Susan bought the hardware store in the early 1970s from Susan's father Fred Speier, who started the business in 1944. 

Katz, 69, said he is ready to retire and “see the world.”

“You know, you are supposed to retire when you're 66,” he said.

The sale was brokered by Reed Weinberg of PRG Investments.

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