An Ace Hardware Express will open in early February inside the existing Harvest Fare grocery store in Fallston, at the intersection of Routes 1 and 152.

This will be the first store of its kind in the state, but the precedent has already been set in other states such as Texas, where combination hardware and grocery store operations have been successful, according to press release from Harvest Fare. The location of the hardware store is expected to allow customers to avoid heavy Bel Air traffic.

The Ace portion of the store will include paint, key-making, lawn and garden, plumbing and electrical supplies. Harvest Fare will continue to function as a full-service grocery store with meat, produce, deli, seafood, and bakery counters.

"This is a unique opportunity to add a full-service hardware store within a grocery store. We are excited to increase our presence in the community and give customers a new, convenient way to shop." Suzy Grem, store manager at Harvest Fare, said in a press release. Harvest Fare is a locally owned grocery store that opened in 2011 at the Fallston location.