|EMPLOYEES BRING CLOSED BUSINESS BACK TO LIFE|
|October 31, 2008 11:00 pm|
By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
The sign has changed and the name has changed, but clients won't notice much change in personnel and service because the new owners of the former Trinity Carpet business Mike and Julie Bever have been running the store and doing the installations for 13 years.
There is a new name, Bever's Floors 'n More, because Trinity went out of business and the Bevers bought it to keep it going. It took a little doing because Trinity was in Chapter 13 bankruptcy and there were bigger fish out there sniffing around.
Friday, June 13, Trinity closed out its business after 14 years, running 14 stores in Oregon and Washington, with 250 employees.
However, the Bevers, who moved to a location across the street when Trinity first shut down, were finally able to sign a lease on the current building and finally the business and take it over in mid-September.
"It's like going full circle," Mike said. He explained that he and Julie had a carpet business in a small section of the building they now occupy before merging with Trinity and becoming employees.
Mike has actually been installing carpeting for 33 years, first in Tempe, Ariz. Julie said, "I was doing all of the ordering for Trinity and worked with all the vendors."
"We're still here, with three crews. Trinity had five crews," Mike said.
He added that they also have a tool rental department for those who want to install their own carpet.
Julie and Mike both had only good things to say about working with and for Trinity. "They are good people and they taught us a lot," Mike said. "Trinity took good care of us."
Remembering the days when they first opened the business prior to Trinity coming in, Mike said, "In the early days, when we first opened, I thought I was gonna' die because so few customers came in, but Trinity said, It'll happen,' and it did."
The business is going well with Julie handling the books and advertising and most of the sales while Mike is taking care of the installation and shipping.
"We work pretty well together," Julie said, and added, "We were born in the same hospital in Mesa." However, they didn't know each other until high school when Julie's best friend was Mike's sister. "We married in 1978, a couple of years out of high school," she said.
"We're carrying on the excellent customer service and installations and we really like it about now, with friendly people in Brookings that kinda' slow you down and give us time to appreciate our life," she added.
An added bonus in the business purchase is the computer controlled sign out front that now says Floors 'n More and provides an opportunity to change messages. They have extended an offer for use of the sign for non-profit groups and community activities.
For information about anything to do with carpeting, or how to access the big board, phone (541) 469-6777. Or just drop in to Floors 'n More any weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.. For those unable to get to the store during the regular store hours, the Bevers will open on Saturdays or after hours by appointment.