Meet the Colorado couple whose handyman franchise boomed during the pandemic

Colette and Andy Bell started their home repair service business from their basement in 1998. Now, the company has more than 300 franchises across the country.

After Illinois-based Ace Hardware acquired the Bells’ Handyman Matters in 2019, the franchise exploded after becoming part of the nationally known Ace brand.

“Those three little letters: boy do they make a big difference,” Colette Bell said.

The Bells began franchising their handyman business in 2001. When Ace purchased the…

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