When Paul Whitaker opened the doors of Whitaker Floor Coverings in 1947, he knew he wanted to offer the Newberry public quality service and quality products.
He started off with 800 square feet located on Martin Street. Back then, the store only carried several rolls of linoleum. In 1952, the business moved to Caldwell Street across from Central United Methodist Church where the parking lot is today, and during the 12 years there, carpet, paint and blinds were added to the inventory. In 1964, the business expanded and moved to Boyce Street where a larger variety of paint colors and a greater choice of carpet and vinyls were offered. In 1969, it moved to its present location on Winnsboro Road.
John Paul Whitaker began full-time work with the business in 1974 and is now president and owner of Whitaker Floor Coverings, Inc. In the early 1970s, the business was incorporated, and in 1980, a warehouse was added, enabling the business to keep more choices of inventory items in stock.
Today, Whitaker Floor Coverings, Inc., located at 2625 Winnsboro Road in Newberry, has expanded its selection of floor and wall covering in the 6,000 square foot showroom and 10,400 square foot warehouse. The business specializes in carpet, vinyl, laminate, pre-finished and unfinished wood flooring, including sanding and refinishing old and new hardwood floors. Offering both residential and commercial floor covering, the business is known as the largest floor covering business in the area.
The staff will come on location to measure and give estimates. All flooring work is done by their own professional installers. Customers may also choose to purchase products and then install it themselves. The staff prides themselves by keeping up with the latest trends in home décor, fashion and color, then adds the industry’s newest technologies to give customers the most beautiful, durable floors you can buy.
The business carries a full line of Glidden and Richards paints and has a color computer to match paint chips, fabric, and wallpaper, as well as match competitor paint colors. They also sell and install window coverings.
Among the 18 current employees in sales and installation, they have 378 years of collected experience in the floor covering business. The experienced showroom sales staff will be happy to help customers with any floor covering needs to help make the buying decision pleasurable.
Whitaker Floor Coverings, Inc. knows the value of the “old” customer, one who keeps coming back as needs and ideas change. They know that quality, variety, and personal and friendly service have paid off for them during the past 65 years. Whitaker Floor Coverings, Inc. is proud to be a part of Newberry County.