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The Carpet Store, a family-run business, has provided carpet and flooring to other families in Tampa Bay since 1988.

Carpets and flooring are so much more than just carpets and flooring. They are the very foundations of a family’s home or a company’s office. Well-tread, well-known and well-used, carpets and flooring are the solid surface on which we walk as we trust them to support us, and to (quite literally) not let us down. Enter The Carpet Store, founded by J. D. Manning in 1988. Since then, Manning’s children and grandchildren have taken over the reins and continued to practice the values of their (grand)father: honesty, ethics and fairness. In doing so, the Mannings run the family business on as solid a foundation as the carpets and flooring that they sell.

Company Overview

Company Name

The Carpet Store

Year Established

1988

Number of Employees

75

Profile

With locations in St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey, The Carpet Store maintains huge showrooms with millions of square feet of in-stock flooring inventory. They buy directly from the manufacturer and import their own ceramic and porcelain tile to Tampa Bay. As one of the highest-volume flooring dealers in the Southeast, they are passionate about keeping margins and overhead low. The Carpet Store offers substantially lower prices; top-of-the line flooring from brand-name manufacturers at a discount; a vast in-stock inventory of first-quality carpeting, tile, hardwood and laminate flooring; and free estimates.

Core values/mission statement

What sets them apart from other retailers is their three core principles: Maintain one of Tampa Bay's largest in-stock inventories in low-overhead warehouse showrooms; Focus on large quantities of lower-profit-margin transactions; and Be honest.

Company Leadership

Brian Manning

Chief Executive Officer

In 2000, Brian Manning decided to join his grandfather in St. Petersburg and work in the family business of flooring. Here he has been able to truly enjoy what he always knew he wanted to do: run a company with goals to grow and add stores to an already flourishing business. He oversees operations with a focus on the hard surface departments. He also handles marketing, goal planning, sales growth and inventory control, and is a buyer for the hard surface side of the company.

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