City Paint & Ace Hardware was founded in Hoboken, NJ in 1931. Manny Reyes took over the store from then owner Milton Topel in April of 1978. Manny was exiled from his native Cuba in the fall of 1961. He worked from busboy to manager at the Clam Broth House in Hoboken until 1978 when he was going to open an electrical supply house in Hoboken. While getting supplies to open his business he was shopping in the then City Paint and Hardware. The old owner told him that paint and hardware was a better business and that he should buy his store. Manny did this and became an Ace Hardware store in 1988. This changed the store name to City Paint & Ace Hardware. Manny retired in 2003 and his son Ernie Reyes runs the family business now. Ernie has been in the business since 1978, starting out by working Saturdays and summers. Ernie joined the store full time after getting his degree from Rutgers University in 1994. City Paint & Ace Hardware is a community store that is proudly family run.