Ace’s recently expanded Wilton, N.Y., distribution center.

In a major restructuring of its eastern U.S. distribution network, Ace Hardware Corp. intends to open a new 1.1. million-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Pennsylvania while closing a handful of other facilities.

The moves will play out over the next 24 months.

The centerpiece of the restructuring is the planned opening of a Retail Support Center in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania in the first quarter of 2018. The facility will service Ace Hardware stores in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, New Jersey and Washington D.C.

Also part of the move is the closing of its Retail Support Center in Prince George, Virginia, a small crossdock in the Baltimore area, and the Emery-Waterhouse operations in Portland, Maine and Pittston, Pennsylvania.

“Ace Hardware intends to grow even…