New Florida Retailer Opens with Years of Experienc

Bradenton, FL, March 13, 2006--Only open about six months, Exclusive Floors and More may be the newest addition to the shopping center at Honore Avenue and University Parkway, but the staff isn't new to flooring, said co-owner Brian Jarvis, according to The Bradenton Herald. The staff combines years of sales, design and installation expertise that Jarvis said sets them apart from other flooring franchises and big-box stores. "We've been in the business long enough we know what goes with what," said Jarvis. "You walk into some of the bigger chains stores and sometimes they're not as educated." Prior to opening Exclusive Floors and More, Jarvis and co-owner Cory Hildreth both ran their own tile businesses. General manager Chris Oliver used to work for one of the area's home builders. Friends for a number of years, Jarvis and Hildreth wanted a showroom where they could sit down with customers and discuss the design and installation of their floors. They also wanted a showcase for customers to see the many products they installed. "There are a lot of advantages to having a storefront," Jarvis said. The store carries what Jarvis calls everything in flooring and tile from "A to Z." They carry hardwoods, laminates, ceramic tile, glass tile, metal tile, marble, granite, carpeting and more. They carry popular brands like Anderson, Mohawk, Florida Tile, Daltile and Bruce Hardwoods. The store offers free estimates and design consultation, Oliver said. Room measurements are a snap with their state-of-the-art laser measuring system and computer software. They have prices to fit just about anyone's budget, said Oliver. They also have financing options like 90 days same as cash to make the purchase easier. Currently the store is offering a "no interest, no payments until 2007" offer for customers, he said. Since the store has been open only six months, they have not yet had time for a grand opening or even finish setting up some of the displays, said Jarvis. He hopes to design the store more like a store in a mall rather than just a flooring store. Eventually he wants to install a large plasma-screen television so customers can see slideshows of the many projects he and Hildreth have done. "We're trying to do some new things," Jarvis said. "They'll be able to see the real thing." Customers can already see examples of their creativity on the floors throughout the store. Inside the front door is an eight-foot starburst design of black galaxy and tuba tuba granite, encased by travertine marble. Jarvis finds pride not only in the staff's design expertise, but also their combined years of experience and knowledge. "We're experienced in installation," he said. "It's the highest quality we can get; and that's coming from the owners."

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