Randy’s Car­pet

The Covington News - - Local News - Sabas­tian Wee swee@cov­news.com

Since 1988, Randy’s Car­pet Plus on Dog­wood Drive in Cony­ers has been a proud, fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated, in­de­pen­dent busi­ness. De­spite a tough eco­nomic cli­mate, the busi­ness con­tin­ues to strive to pro­vide ex­em­plary ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, the busi­ness was named the top car­pet store in Rock­dale County for the past seven years. Be­cause Randy’s Car­pet Plus pur­chases ma­te­rial di­rectly from the mill, cus­tomers are spared the costs of a mid­dle­man, al­low­ing the busi­ness to of­fer low prices, up to 60 per­cent in dis­counts.

Owner Randy Thorn­ton, who grew up in Cal­i­for­nia, be­gan lay­ing car­pet with a neigh­bor when he was 15. He con­tin­ued work­ing in the field un­til he moved to Ge­or­gia, when he re­al­ized he could make a good liv­ing with floor in­stal­la­tions.

“I just kind of fell into it,” said Thorn­ton. “I started out as a helper and have been in this ever since.”

The busi­ness of­fers many styles of floor in­stal­la­tions, in­clud­ing hard­wood, lam­i­nate, vinyl, com­mer­cial tile and car­pet. Ac­cord­ing to Thorn­ton, lam­i­nate floor­ing has grown in pop­u­lar­ity due to its dura­bil­ity and at­trac­tive tile and hard­wood de­signs. It’s scratch-re­sis­tant, a fea­ture that draws con­sumers.

Along with a 3,600square-foot show­room that fea­tures all of the busi­ness’s premier ma­te­rial, prod­ucts and ser­vices, Randy’s also of­fers in-home shop­ping, al­low­ing them to bring the show­room to your home.

Randy’s is a mem­ber of sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions within the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the Cony­ers-Rock­dale and New­ton County cham­bers of com­merce, Greater Atlanta and New­ton County home builders as­so­ci­a­tions, and the Atlanta Bet­ter Busi­ness Bu­reau.

“When I came here about 30 years ago, Ge­or­gia was be­hind the times,” said Thorn­ton. “It was a sleepy lit­tle town here, and since the Olympics, there has been ma­jor growth in the area.”

That growth proved to be good for the floor-cov­er­ing busi­ness, al­low­ing a busi­ness like Randy’s Car­pet to blos­som. With the cur­rent eco­nomic slow­down, the store has seen a de­cline in busi­ness, but has been able to main­tain and pro­vide pre­mium ser­vices to its cus­tomers.

“We’re very hands-on and we han­dle the jobs from start to fin­ish,” said Thorn­ton. “If there’s ever a prob­lem, we stand be­hind it 100 per­cent. Our cus­tomers will never have to go through a mid­dle­man.”

Sabas­tian Wee/the Cov­ing­ton News

Owner Randy Thorn­ton has laid car­pet since he was 15 years old.

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