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Pucci’s can meet all your flooring needs and more

March 28, 2009
Observer Today

Pucci's Carpet One, Furniture and Bedding traces its business origins back to the year 1972. But to understand how Pucci's got off the ground you have to go back a couple more years to 1970 when Ron Pucci and his father Carl Pucci started a small delicatessen at the corner of Main Street and Chestnut Street in Fredonia. At the time, Ron was splitting time between the deli and working midnights at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Dunkirk.

In 1972, the Puccis were in the process of carpeting the apartments above the delicatessen. Ron was a young entrepreneur with little money, but a lot of ambition. He researched and formed a business on paper. That business was Pucci's World of Carpets.

At that time it was common place for delicatessens to purchase goods at a market in downtown Buffalo. One day, on the way back from the market, Ron stopped at a carpet distributor with his newly printed carpet retailer paperwork. The distributor questioned Ron as a practicing retailer but eventually let him buy the rolls of carpets.

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This is where this story changes Ron's life forever.

As Ron is walking out the door, the carpet distributor salesman convinced Ron to buy a carpet sample set. Well Ron really didn't know what he was going to do with the samples but he figured he would appease the salesman, since he saved on the rolls of carpet. So with his carpet rolls, and samples, Ron made his way back to Fredonia.

When he got back, he unloaded his vegetables and fruits to the delicatessen. He then went back to the truck and looked at the carpet samples. Ron didn't know what to do with them but knew he had to get them out of his truck so he took them out and put them in front of the meat counter just to get them out of the way. Ron then left to install his carpet and in his haste he left the samples in the delicatessen. Over the next couple days customers would come in and question him about the samples. Over the period of the next week, Ron started selling more carpet then lunchmeat! A thank you to that aggressive carpet salesman.

OFF AND RUNNING

Ron took a chance at his start-up business in the fall of 1972 and Pucci's World of Carpet was off and running. Ron put in his resignation at the plant and opened his new business just down the street from the delicatessen at 50 West Main St. The early years were not easy but Ron's hard work and determination eventually paid off.

Soon thereafter Ron's wife Michelene, formerly a school teacher, joined the business and Pucci's expanded into furniture. Michelene was instrumental in building the business into what is today. Michelene's decorating touch helped the business grow at that location for the next 10 years until the couple decided to make a move to their current location at 112 West Main St. Together, they then renovated what was a 30,000 sq. ft old warehouse building and turned it into a showroom for home furnishings. The new building would also be a new home to other new home-related business tenants. Since then Pucci's has grown at its present location to be the leader in home furnishings in the area. Many renovations have taken place, additions have been built, walls torn down and relationships made.

NEXT GENERATION

Michael Pucci joined the family business in the early '90s after he graduated from Canisius College in 1992. With Michael in place, Pucci's took strides to become a more well rounded store with a large surge in inventory and the expansion of product line and marketing. In the mid 1990s, Pucci's joined the nation's largest carpet buying groups, Carpet One. A few years later, Pucci's took the business to another level joining the industry leader in furniture, Coop Furniture First, another national buying power. Puccis also made important alliances getting into the bedding business with the top bedding companies in the country. Sealy, Simmons and Tempurepedic are all product mainstays in the sleep shop department. Pucci's is also Western New York's supplier of 1-800-Mattresses. The business soon became "Pucci's Carpet One", Furniture and Bedding" and encompassed a wide variety of selection and choices.

Todd Schaefer joined the team in late '90s and took over commercial flooring sales at the store. Todd helped grow the business by expanding into outside sales. Todd currently services the areas of Erie, Buffalo, Jamestown and everywhere else in between. Todd also services Pucci's as their information technology director.

WHAT MAKES THEM WORK - THEIR EMPLOYEES

Pucci's would not be in the position it's in today if it were not for its valuable employees.

Ray Grant moved to Fredonia in the fall of 1999. Ray specializes in measurements and flooring sales. With the addition of Ray, Pucci's added a knowledgeable asset and is the true sales professional. Ray is the flooring manager at Pucci's.

Chris Kennedy is our long time bookkeeper and problem solver. Chris crosses the t's and dots the i's and makes sure everyone else does too. Chris's tireless work ethic is a large reason Pucci's is so successful.

Amy Panek and Robin Frazita are their skilled sales professionals. Both are great assets to the sales floor. They specialize in the furniture, and bedding department.

Jim Schofield, Cody Ericson, and Max Grant are their current Warehouse Delivery Professionals.

PRODUCT MIX

FLOORING

Pucci's still has the area's largest selection of stock and orderable carpet. Carpet will always be the flooring department's most popular choice; however, consumers' buying habits have changed at the same time. Consumers now also want to see other choices in flooring and Pucci's has stepped up to the plate. Carpet One has also teamed up with fashion designer Liz Claiborne to bring a more design orientated look to your home in all flooring categories.

Pucci's Carpet: Pucci's has an overall selection of over 11,000 styles and colors of carpet. At Pucci's they not only offer that huge selection of special order goods but they also have the area's largest selection of stock carpet for quick installation or pick up.

Pucci's Wood: Pucci's is putting a lot of emphasis in wood flooring this year. Wood is becoming more popular, especially in kitchens and dining rooms. Pucci's has a fantastic selection of hardwoods and engineered floors imaginable. No matter whether you are looking for Oak, Cherry, Birch, Walnut or Cork, Pucci's has got it.

Pucci's Laminate: Laminates have become very popular with families on the go. This easy maintenance floor can come in any species of wood all at the same price. Laminate flooring also comes in ceramic tile looks at about half the cost. Choose from only the top manufactures in the industry such as Pergo, Wilsonart, Armstrong and Shaw industries.

Pucci's Tile, Vinyl, and Fiberfloor: Ceramic Tile, Marble and Porcelain Tile have become extremely popular in kitchens and bathrooms. Pucci's offers a wide range of ceramic tile from around the world. Pucci's does stock vinyl and fiberfloor. Most special orders can be received within a week. Technology with these products has come a long way in the last couple years.

Pucci's Commercial Division: Pucci's has become the area leader in commercial flooring. We have a separate division devoted to their customers looking for heavy volume or repeat business. This division has grown to be an important part of our selling mix and we do work anywhere from Erie to Buffalo.

FURNITURE

Pucci's has always been known for sofas, but Pucci's has grown with a great selection of dinettes, dining room and bedroom furniture.

Pucci's upholstery: Pucci's has over 50 sofa groupings including sectionals, reclining sofas and leather and over 60 recliners available for immediate delivery including buy-one, get-one-free recliners at $499

Pucci's Table Sets: Pucci's has been buying up special table promotions that will make your head spin. The dinettes and dining room groups we have in now are price better than they were 20 years ago. Whether you are looking for large dining rooms or small dinettes, Pucci's has them.

BEDDING

Mattresses: Pucci's Sealy and Simmons sleep shop boasts the top two mattress companies in the United States. With over 40 sets in stock it is easy to find the right mattress for you with the right comfort level at the right price. They also offer different monthly specials to ensure that you can always find a good night's sleep at reasonable prices at Pucci's. Try out the new Tempurpedic Mattresses.

Pucci's Bedroom: Pucci's bedroom groups primarily from Vaughan Bassett are one of the best values in the industry. Solid wood bedroom groups priced well below the market prices. Pine, Cherry, and Oak in traditional country styles.

WALLPAPER & WINDOW FASHIONS

Pucci's has over a hundred different wallpaper books to order from, not to mention a large selection of in-stock wallpaper reduced down to $2.99 a single roll. Pucci's window fashions department offers all types of styles such as mini blinds, verticals, valances and more.

Pucci's also has this entire product under one roof to minimize the difficulty of matching shopping. Their knowledgeable sales staff would be more than happy to help you in any decision you need help with. Come in and see the new Pucci's and check out what you've been missing. Whether it is flooring, furniture or bedding. Pucci's continues to offer the best products and offers available nationwide to the hometown community.

INTEGRITY AND SERVICE AND GUARANTEES

Pucci's has done a lot of work to offer the best product to fill our customers needs. Pucci's has the best product mix and prices in and out of the community. Ron was quoted as saying "Our goal has always been to offer the best available product at the best possible price to the Dunkirk/Fredonia community and the surrounding areas." Over the last 37 years plus, Pucci's has seen a lot of changes and expects to see a lot more during the next 37 years.

In Flooring they have devised a warranty that guarantees your complete happiness. They call it their "beautiful Guarantee." They want you to be 100 percent happy that the floor they've created together is as beautiful as the one in your dreams. If not, they will replace it for free. That's what they call "The Beautiful Guarantee." They are that confident. And they offer an easy-to-understand warranty system that gives you a level of protection that is tailored to you.

Pucci's continues to look for ways to save their customers money and provide them hometown service that you can count on and trust. Pucci's has had top-notch employees over the years, top-notch suppliers but most of all top-notch customers. They are proud to be Northern Chautauqua County's leader in home furnishings.

Visit them on the web at www.gotopuccis.com, call them at 672-5171 or visit their store at 112 W. Main St., Fredonia.

 
 

 

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