ABINGDON — Food City has announced plans to join with Ace Hardware to launch a line of Curt’s Ace Hardware stores later this summer.

“We look forward to bringing Curt’s Ace Hardware store locations to the communities where we know there is a need,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer in an announcement on April 29. “Given our vast merchandising and marketing experience, I’m confident that our team will do an excellent job managing and operating these locations.”

Food City is evaluating several locations in its service area, but no Curt’s Ace Hardware stores are planned for the Twin Counties area so far. Food City has local grocery stores in Galax and Independence.

“We greatly appreciate the support that our loyal customers have shown us, and we want to leverage our Curt’s Ace Hardware brand to better serve the communities where we already do business,” Smith said.

Ace Hardware is known for their wide variety of top-quality products, including Benjamin Moore paints, Big Green Egg, Trager and Weber barbeque accessories, as well as power tools and equipment, hardware, lawn and garden, and other home improvement supplies.

Food City officials said they would share more details of the partnership as they become available, likely throuth the company’s website, foodcity.com.